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10. 20. 2004

Hermaphroditic Bass in the Potomac River

In this idyllic looking stretch of the Potomac River, in Moorefield, West Virginia, many of the male bass are producing eggs. It's almost certainly caused by pollution, most likely in the form of chicken estrogen in poultry manure, or dumped human hormones. Also, not only are the male bass making eggs, they are developing horrible skin lesions and dying. While the fish are seeing the effects first, their symptoms are caused by the same water that is processed for human usage.

West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and the District do not test river water regularly for drugs or hormones. The same goes for drinking water after it is processed by the Washington Aqueduct, supplying the District, Arlington County and Falls Church, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
From the Washington Post (bugmenot).
Where you can go to get more information and fight back:

Toxics Action Center

Greenpeace

US Fish and Wildlife Service
(thanks Hellman)

Posted by Mia    Category: current affairs
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