Sunday, January 23, 2011

Montreal's Brookies are Remarkably Well-Adjusted

This just in ... it seems brook trout and other fish living below Montreal's enormous sewage treatment system are getting an unsubscribed dose of anti-depressants, thanks to the medicating masses in that Canadian city.


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.
First, this story explains a lot. I've never met an unhappy Canadian, and now I know why. I'm guessing the brookies in the Montreal River happily come to hand with a similar, "How's it goin', eh?" Although Montreal is in Quebec, so it's probably more of a "Comment ça va?"


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.

7 comments:

  1. Maybe they were, like downstream from the Elsinore Brewery, eh? Beauty.

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  2. Just make sure the local distillery isn't pumping into that same watershed and everything will be cooooool, mmmmaaaan. ;)

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  3. Great post! If you think about it, that's probably a regular occurring situation in our cities as well. That would explain Owl Jones wouldn't it?

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  4. He's always in a great mood... too many catfish caught below the outflow, perhaps?

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  5. Interesting, but frightening stuff... scary how pervasive pharmaceuticals are in our world. People are so over-medicated that they are literally oozing drugs into the natural environment around them. Sad.

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  6. Just wait 'til they start finding Viagra in all the stream surrounding retirement communities ... just sayin' ...

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  7. If Viagra makes its way into the mix then maybe the male animals who are getting an overdose of estrogen from birth control (see alligators in FL) will be more able to use their reduced equipment. Good thing fish don't require internal fertilization.

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