Thursday, December 08, 2005

Steelhead sickness?

"The concentration of PCBs and total DDT and its metabolites in fish and wildlife tissues showed almost no decline between 1990 and 2000," [a recent] report states. "The concentration of PCBs in Great Lakes fish today is 40 times above EPA's acceptable level."

Ewww. And I'm planning to maybe SWIM in that next August?

So THAT is what happened to Shelley and Vertical Man. ;-)

14 comments:

Susan said...

OMG - that frightens me.

Oldman said...

you will glow in the dark!

Unfortunately they haven't had the clean up campaign like PA, MD & VA did for the Chesapeake.

jessie_tri_mn said...

That is scary.

A couple years ago during a local triathlon a bunch of the athletes got sick afterwards. The cause was some bacteria imbalance.

I have one thing going though my head during most open water swims because of this "Don't drink the water!"

mipper said...

eewwww. yuck. this is why open water swims scare me.

nancytoby said...

Actually, I think it's fine to swim in as long as bacterial counts are okay and you don't happen to swallow any fish or drink the contents of your wetsuit. :-)

Iron Benny said...

These warnings inlude alot of the fish you eat at restraunts and buy in grocery strores (ie salmon). Mercury accumulation is a serious issue especially for women, children and particularly pregnant women. Scary hah! Bottom line, eat fish, but not too much. This is the world we live in.

it's only fuel said...

Isn't it just sick what we do to this planet?

tarheeltri said...

Yeah, PCB's are the reason for the Link to the Carolina Lake Projects on my site. One of our biggest triathlons is run every year in a lake with increasing PCB's even though the offending company has long since changed its practices. Water qaulity is always my top priority in choosing a race. I wonder how the gulf of mexico will be after the runoff from Katrina's damage?

Shelley said...

YOU should read how Chlorine kills us with cancer..i'll take a 30 min swim in Lake Michigan for SH, than swimming in a chlorinated pool anytime!!! I swim in a saline pool..love it, no skin irritation, no more faded swim suits...etc

Holly said...

eewwww.....the joy of open water swims!

nancytoby said...

30 minute swim for a half IM? I need YOU for a coach, Shelley! I am SO FAR FROM THAT it's not even funny!!!

And I would LOVE a saline pool. I don't even know of any around here. Gotta look for one.

Comm's said...

Love the gifts you want. Its stupid that those flasks are so expensive

jeanne said...

Do I have to give up fish too!?! GROSS.
I echo It's Only Fuel:
When will we learn to take care of our planet??!?!

and great about Chlorine and cancer!!

ugh.

Bex said...

Not to mention the poor fish. Yes, it is scary what we do to the environment.