You are an Environmental Health Specialist in a Texas Public Health department of the Comal County where you reside. The city council is concerned about mercury pollution in a local lake area that is a major fishing and camping recreational attraction and brings many visitors.
Your task in this Case Assignment is to:
- Explain to the park community what the risks from fishing and swimming in the lake may be, due to mercury contamination.
- Compare the risks from being in the lake water or eating fish caught in the lake, for different types of lake users:
– pregnant women
– young children
– older children
- Prepare a list of recommendations and organize the list by potential uses of lake water and consumption of fish caught in the lake.
Use information from your module readings/articles as well as appropriate research to support your paper.
Length: The Case assignment should be 4-5 pages long (double-spaced). APA format, sources cited.
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