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Wild Canadian Fish Party on Cocaine and Oxycodone

TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY FOLKS!

1-FISH ON DRUGS ONTARIO

The blog title may seem frivolous to you folks, but our drinking water is next in line for these dangerous drugs leaching into our water. The three drugs mentioned are three of many abusive drugs.

The following article link to Munchies_ Food by VICE appeared in Drinking Water Canada’s newsletter,  ~ “Why Wild Canadian Fish Are on Cocaine and Oxycodone” by Alex Swerdloff July 27, 2015

   GRAND RIVERBust out your rhinestone snuffboxes and hit up your favorite restroom, party people. It’s time to head up to Ontario’s Grand River. Cocaine, morphine, and oxycodone—among other drugs of abuse, as the scientists call them—apparently flow freely in the waters there.

JOURNALThat’s right. A study recently published in the journal Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry shows that way more fish have been getting their Tony Montana on than we previously believed.

The study, which comes out of McGill University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, focused on the Grand River Watershed in Southern Ontario. The research shows that water discharged from wastewater treatment plants in the area has low levels of the aforementioned drugs in it, which could affect marine life and contaminate local sources of drinking water.

PLANTHere’s the problem. Households and chemical plants discharge both figurative and literal crap into the river. A wastewater treatment plant is supposed to clean out most of these contaminants. And some distance downstream, the water then goes through an additional water treatment plant that cleans it further and prepares it for human consumption.

DRUGSBut the study showed that small quantities of drugs were found in the river water coming out of the water treatment plant, and their concentration did not decline with distance downstream from the plant. To make matters worse, the drugs were not removed completely during drinking water treatment.

In short, plants, fish and other living things in the river were swimming in water dosed with small amounts of recreational and prescription drugs. Screw Nemo—these fish seem to have more in common with Rick Ross!

YARGOBut there could be a solution. Professor Viviane Yargeau, who was the lead author of the study, argues, “Improving our wastewater treatment processes can help clean up our drinking water.”

FISH BESTWhat’s new about this research is that the scientists found drugs in the water between the wastewater treatment plant and the drinking water treatment plant. Sure, the drinking water treatment plants got most of the drugs out of the water, but not all. Improvements upstream would keep the life aquatic—including plants, insects, and fish—from inadvertently indulging.

It seems to me, however, that the researchers forgot to ask one all-important question: How in the hell does a fish line up a rail without an opposable thumb?

Back to Professor Yargeau. She explains, “We believe that if improvements are made to wastewater treatment plants to protect the sources of drinking water, this will prove a more effective way of dealing with the problem in the long run—as this strategy would also protect the aquatic environment and all the plants, insects and fish that are found there.”

WATERNext to come will be a five-year project to look into improving wastewater treatment to keep contaminants like cocaine out of Canada’s drinking water. But five years is a while away, so the fish will keep partying on in the meantime.

After all, even marine life deserves some booger sugar once in a while.

So folks now the choice is up to you ~ wait for the hammer to fall  ~ or be proactive and protect your family’s health right now.  We have great options for you as a water treatment system company.

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OTTAWA RIVER KEEPER ~ IMPRESSIVE VIDEO

OTTAWA RIVER

The following video, “Ottawa River Keeper”, was uploaded on Mar. 10, 2008, by Lu Utronki.  This video is designed to bring awareness to the importance of the Ottawa River for sustainability. 

The Ottawa River flows through the provinces of Quebec and Ontario for over 1200 kilometres.  There are almost 2 million people who live throughout the Ottawa River watershed.  To the Algonquin First Nations who lived by its banks and traveled by canoe the river was known as the Kitchi-sippi, meaning “The Great River“.  Visitors such as white water paddlers, fishing enthusiasts and river trippers from around the world looking for a wilderness experience  enjoy the Ottawa River year round.  The Ottawa River is a globally significant river and is part of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence watershed, and is the largest freshwater system in the entire world.

Hope to see you back here for our next blog featuring “Ottawa River Keeper Part 2” and “Alexandra Cousteau on the Ottawa River” – a Youtube video published this year on September 14th.

RIVER OF LIGHT CELEBRATION ~ ALBERTA, CANADA

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RIVER OF LIGHT LOGOShifting and evolving as it travels to rivers throughout the world, the River of Light has gained local and international recognition through its ability to not only engage communities to participate in the work, but also to highlight the importance of river preservation and water conversation on a global scale.  The River of Light is a world touring art installation by Creatmosphere that combines floating lights, sound and new technologies to celebrate the rivers of the world through public art.

River of Light Art project on the Bow River in Calgary August 2010, Artist: Laurent Louyer.  Photo slideshow to start with video clip of colour changes starting at 1:31 and then a few more images.  Music by Roger Subiranan Mata, “Point of No Return”, available through a creative commons license on http://www.jemendo

RED DEER RIVER2013 marks the 100th birthday of the City of Red Deer and to celebrate this the Red Deer River will become the territory and stage for a series of daylight sculptural and sound installations and night-time light and video interventions that aim to create new Points of View for the community to discover and engage with their city and river.

Web: www.riveroflight.org
The River of Lights: Points of View has been commissioned by the
Central Alberta Historical Society for the Red Deer City Centennial.

Associated link ~http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/river-of-light

AMERICA’S PROTECTED WATERWAYS

We highly recommend “AMERICA’S WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS” – a National Geographic article, published November, 2011 by Joel K. Bourne, Jr., and the associated Gallery of Photos of the Rivers photographed by Michael Melford (stunning!)

Links to the article, Photo Gallery and Michael Melford’s web site are listed at end of blog.

America‘s Spectacular Wild Rivers

These Scenic Waterways Thrive Under Federal Protection
in the United States


More than four decades after it became law, a little-known federal act safeguards hundreds of primordial waterways.

Photographs by Michael Melford

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River gorge is not so much a river as an exuberant expression of water at play… Today it is one of the ultimate white-water experiences in the United States, drawing thousands of visitors each year.

John Craighead, now 95, is legendary in the field of wildlife biology, … Yet the proudest achievement of John Craighead’s long and storied life, he says, is the passage of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

 … “It took a decade of reports, lectures, and political wrangling, but when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968, much of its language came from the Craigheads. The initial act spared eight rivers and narrow buffer zones around them from dams and development. Today the list has grown to more than 200 rivers in 39 states and Puerto Rico.”

Article link –

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/11/americas-wild-rivers/bourne-text

      Photo Gallery link –

http://bit.ly/rL1Ng4

       Michael Melford’s web site –

http://www.michaelmelford.com/

PLAN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE HOLIDAY

I received an impressive photo in my e-mail today from  Earth Science and just had to share – armchair travel or your next holiday.

This image was captured a couple of minutes after sunrise on September 27, 2011 from the Labyrinth campground on the western side of the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The Sun is directly behind me and casts the shadow of the Green River valley rim onto the cliff face on the opposite side of the river. The stillness of the morning helped create a striking reflection on the river. A few minutes after this picture was taken it was business as usual for daytime in the park – bright, glaring, baking hot sun.

The Green River’s source is in the Green River Lakes on Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s highest mountain. In its 730 mi (1,175 km) course, the river has an average descent of 13 ft/mi (2m/km). It’s the largest tributary of the Colorado River system with a catchment area of 45,000 sq mi (116,500 km2). The greenish color of the water, and the river’s name, is most likely derived from the green soapstone in some of its banks.

Searching for more background information on  Canyonlands National Park led me to the Park’s Orientation video called ‘Rock Wilderness’.

http://www.nps.gov/cany/photosmultimedia/orientationvideo.htm

Anyone into hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, or rafting looking for your next unforgettable holiday will be most interested in watching this video aboutn Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.

There is also a slide show presentation taken in Canyonlands National Park using heat sensitive and motion sensitive cameras. The goal of the project was to place two wildlife cameras in selected biologically rich areas, thus, in a non-intrusive manner, learn more about the mammals that live in the park.

http://www.nps.gov/imr/_cs_apps/fls_photoGallery/customcf/display-slideshow.cfm?gID=490004

Photographer: Stephen J. Gledhill; Stephen’s Web page

Summary Authors: Stephen J. Gledhill; Stu Witmer

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WOW! WHITEWATER KAYAKING – OTTAWA RIVER VIDEO

White Water Kayaking is certainly not a sport for the ‘faint of heart’… but what a ‘fun’ water sport for the more adventurous water enthusiasts!!!

Currents is a river stewardship focused WebTV program (online video documentary) which uses white water kayaking as a means to educate a broader audience about the risks threatening the world’s rivers and to help highlight the intrinsic value of preserving rivers in their natural state.

Other Vimeo videos on White Water Kayaking:

Barely Legal 2 Trailer from Airborn Athletics on Vimeo.


Dip, dip and swing your paddle
flashing with silver
follow the wild goose flight
dip, dip and swing… back for a visit again soon.

ICE HOTELS – SWEDEN AND CANADA

Sweden is the land of the first time experiences, from watching the Northern Lights, snowmobiling, husky sledging, cross-country skiing, ice driving and ice sculpting to sleeping in the most incredible hotel ever built – the world’s first and largest ice hotel.
The temperature is -32 outside, and inside Sweden’s Ice Hotel, protected by a snow covering, the temperature is -5.

The Ice Hotel which is situated on the shores of the Torne River, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, in Swedish Lapland, in the old village of Jukkasiarvi comes to life after one month’s (November) construction. 5,000 tons of ice (from the nearby Torne river) and 30,000 cubic metres of snow were used to create this magnificent glacial palace of the Ice Hotel.
The hotel, which opened 10 years ago, covers more than 5,500 square meters. The Hotel includes the reception area; an Ice Chapel where wedding and christening ceremonies and church services are held; an ice art exhibition hall; a cinema and the “Absolute Ice Bar’ (complete with ice tables, chairs and glasses) where the menu highlights the many flavors of Swedish Lapland; and the hotel itself, housing 40 bedrooms and 10 suites – each decorated with unique ice sculptures. The beds are made entirely of ice and covered with reindeer skins and guests are also given a sleeping bag to keep cozy.
4,000 visitors are welcomed each year and can also enjoy sleigh rides and entertainment in the 500 seat outdoor arena.

 

 

Hôtel de Glace Ice Hotel – Québec 2011
Watch the mesmerizing video:

 

This year’s 32 rooms Hotel de Glace was built closer to the city centre than ever before, on the site of the old Quebec zoo and it’s bigger and warmer than ever before. It has improved feature, a larger living space, heated pavilions and a theme I simply love: Biodiversity. Of course it has a restaurant where guests can enjoy a hot soup and a hot chocolate, an ice bar where cocktails are served in ice glasses, and as any self-respecting weird hotel, a wedding chapel for those who prefer love below 0ºC.

Links –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NmLaFDJXKU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=pQTMPG9x0Dk&NR=1