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Medicine to cure Oklahoma creeks?



The environmental movement certainly is changing the political and cultural landscape of America as more governments and citizens are becoming greener in thoughts and actions. But who knew so many people were concerned about the depressed state of our creeks and streams?


The Stillwater News Press recently reported that, according to Doug Gable, environmental programs coordinator for the city of Stillwater, the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey gathered water samples from 139 streams in 30 states including Oklahoma in 1999 and 2000. The water was analyzed for pharmaceutical drugs, hormones and other contaminants.


The findings of the study reveal folks aren't just concerned about their own moods, but the mood swings of our waterways, as well. The study detected the presence of seven or more pharmaceuticals " including the antidepressant Prozac " in half of the streams.


Now, people, doing more to protect our water system from pollution is admirable, but drugs are not the answer! Streams and creeks may look sick and dirty, but focusing on how the water feels is simply a liberal, knee-jerk reaction that could embolden the terrorists and cause our children to believe man evolved from apes. We don't give meth to mountains to keep the polar ice caps from melting, and we don't give Ecstasy to trees so more fruit will blossom.


If our creeks are in a state of depression, it is because man made them so, and man must resort to good, old-fashioned elbow grease to fix them. Do as Gable suggests: Dispose of pharmaceuticals at city hazardous waste collection days. There's one in Stillwater Oct. 6, according to the story.


And, remember: It's hugs, not drugs, our waterways need, so let's all get wet and save the Prozac for teenagers who can't get over Paris Hilton going to jail.

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