Chemicals are being discarded into our water systems throughout the country as well as reported by NBC News.Com, reporting that Minnesota’s many lakes, remote and isolated urban areas contain a wide range of chemicals which included DEET, EPA, prescription drugs and also cocaine.
People this is an issue that American’s should be concerned about in our society because it could be an adverse effect on human health and our environment too.
In the Prince William County area of Virginia where I reside this has been brought to the attention of the public by requesting that people refrain from discarding any types of drugs into the water systems.
It was also reported that after a first large-scale systematic statewide study, findings suggested that it might be worth checking a wider range of bodies of water around the country to see if the level of chemicals in them have a potential of harming the environment and human health.
It is my belief that human logic should tell us that people cannot continue to discard their drugs into water systems without it causing serious repercussions to humans health and our environment. We are asking for trouble anytime a society uses their rivers, lakes, ponds and wells as dumping points.
The report indicated it isn’t clear just how all of these chemicals are getting into Minnesota’s lakes or what type of effects they are having on animals and human life. Let’s face it, these chemicals are coming from a source if they’re of a large amount and this source should be pinpointed and actions taken to put an end to the dumping into the water systems immediately.
Mark Ferrey, an environmental scientist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which published this news report said, "It’s not as though people are to worry about going to the lake or taking dogs to them; but we’re talking about how people are affecting lakes and rivers in ways that they probably don’t understand yet."
Ferrey stated the fish population or entire ecosystem could be affected in ways that are invisible to people.
It’s my belief that Minnesota is not the only state suffering from chemicals in their water supplies but I believe it’s a growing problem throughout the country; and water samples from surface waters, rivers, lakes, streams, wells and run-offs require testing to determine the amount of chemicals contained in them.
It’s also my belief that people might be shutting the door to the possibility of chemicals coming in contact with our country’s water systems and it could already be affecting all human life and the environment too. People should not close the door to this possibility and ask our political officials to do some research in all areas of the country.
Ferrey and colleagues began collecting surface waters from rivers and streams around the Minnesota area about a decade ago; and analyses did show contaminants downstream from wastewater treatment plants and in highly other developed areas; and researchers were surprised as chemicals turned up in background samples collected from lakes which were mostly untouched shorelines.
It was reported that during a new study as a part of a larger national project, sampling crews collected samples from 50 Minnesota lakes; and randomly chosen by a computer which picked geographic coordinates. A Vancouver Lab analyzed these same to find a group of 125 chemicals.
Researchers reported that 47 out of 50 lakes contained at least one chemical listed on their list; and DEET was the one chemical most widespread, turning up in 76 percent of the lakes samples. A plasticizer, BPA, which has been linked to reproductive and developmental problems, showed up in 43 percent of the lakes.
It was hard for me to understand how a third of all the lakes contained cocaine but according to the report, they did; and this is absolutely unbelievable, a similar proportion contained the antidepressant amitriptyline; and the same number contained carbodox an antibiotic used in pigs; and these showed up in lakes that were not surounded by agricultural land; and another interesting find to me was, "Triclosan" which is a chemical used in antimicrobial soaps that appeared in 14 percent of the lakes."
It is my firm belief these chemicals are getting into our water systems through major run-offs, wells, surface waters, acid rain, snow, the air stream, the earths air pollution and it seeps deep into the earth and travels into the ecosystem. It’s amazing just how much can be in our earths air pollution and carried through the air stream. How else is it getting there? I believe some of it is through dump means but I also believe it is traveling through sources provided by our earth & atmosphere.
Ferrey did mention these chemical concentrations are very low, measurably as parts per trillion; but there have been researches suggesting that hormone-disrupting chemicals can have an effect at those low levels.
Ferrey tells of a study in an experimental lake, dosing the water with an estrogenic contraceptive at five parts per trillion and it caused populations of fathead minnows and trout plummet; and when researchers quit adding this chemical into the water, the fish rebounded.
Ferry stated, "Even at very low doses, things that are hormones or hormone-like don’t have to be toxic or poisonous to exert strong effects."
According to Dana Kolpin, head of the emerging contaminants and environment project at the U.S. Geological Service in Iowa City, indicating this is a new study remaining a one-time occurrence of what is actually out there and further work will be capable of determining if there are any level changes throughout the seasons and whether the findings will cause other concerns.
Koplin stated, "I want to be middle of the road; and I don’t want to say the sky is falling; but these are compounds that do not necessarily occur naturally,; and this denotes that this warrants more research to follow-up if there is something people needs to be concerned about."
Barbara Kasey Smith is the writer of this article and it is based on a report by NBC News.Com.
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