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Lake Erie Pharmaceutical Pollution

January 11, 2010

Read the first article in the Lake Erie Water Pollutant Series

In order to produce a thorough report regarding pharmaceutical and agricultural pollution in our watersheds and potable water resources, The Erie Wire will be conducting interviews with local authorities on the issue as well as researching trends around the nation and connections between pharmaceutical and biochemical companies.

In the meantime, we encourage our readers to visit a PBS Frontline documentary called “Poisoned Waters” in order to get an introductory idea on how this kind of pollution is significantly affecting the ecology of our coastal water systems.

We appreciate your interest and your patience.


Below is a link to an article on research conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at Old Woman’s Creek that concluded a presence of pharmaceuticals in the water. This article was brought to our attention through an Erie Wire subscriber, and we extend our gratitude to this reader for allowing everyone to get a chance to see what research has uncovered within our local watersheds. As always, we do encourage readers to send us tips on information they feel should be investigated.

This week The Erie Wire interviewed a pharmaceutical doctor’s reaction to the NOAA article. The interview will be available on 01/12/09 – be sure to check back to hear more about how this study plays a role within the health system of the state.

Update

Due to growing interest in this report The Erie Wire will be re-scheduling a publication for the following Monday. You can expect to have an audio podcast, video and article for Monday’s publication.

http://www.csc.noaa.gov/magazine/2010/01/issue.pdf

Read the follow-up article to this report

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