Friday, January 18, 2008
From Colorado Daily.com
Dead Ducks and the Pollution Puzzle
By ADRIENNE ANDERSON
Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:41 PM MST
They say it’s a “puzzle,” why ducks are dying in Denver.
Now for a second winter in a row, ducks have been found drowning in the sewage treatment ponds of the Metro Wastewater plant, and also in other water bodies around the the metro Denver area.
It’s a puzzle, true. But what’s most puzzling is why the area media keep ducking the issue of what’s likely behind these tragic wildlife losses and allowing absurd statements of government officials to go unchallenged, especially when the most obvious piece of the puzzle is being ignored.
In the winter of 2007, over 1,000 dead ducks were collected around metro Denver, the bulk of them drowning in a holding basin at the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District along the banks of the South Platte River in north Denver, near Commerce City. In an early TV broadcast over the duck deaths, Jennifer Churchill, a PR staffer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife was interviewed at the Metro Wastewater plant site. She said it appeared the ducks were drowning because they had lost the waterproofing on their feathers. Claims were made in subsequent weeks that testing by both DoW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would be conducted, and that the public would be notified of the results. However, officials have since back-paddled over this.
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