According to a study by the Universite de Montreal, the city's treatment plant doesn't remove the chemical waste from sewer water, which leaves traces of drugs like Prozac free to be ingested by trout and other fish that swim downstream from the outflow.
|Take two and call me in the morning.|
Second, it's another alarming way our day-to-day activities are impacting the natural world. This issue isn't entirely new–we've all heard the stories of smallmouth bass along the East Coast being found to have both male and female genitalia. Scientists believe this has to do with the large amount of hormone-laden birth-control medication that works its way through the sewage treatment systems in eastern cities.
And, whether it's posted or not, it's another reminder that you should really know where your food comes from. I doubt there's much, if any, commercial use of fish below Montreal, but certainly some folks do eat the fish they harvest from those waters. Here's hoping the only side effect they incur is turning out as remarkably well adjusted as the fish they consumed.