Minnesota lakes contaminated with all kinds of chemicals

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 12:19 AM

Tests found DEET, antibiotics and more in 47 of 50 state lakes.

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john3thirtyMay. 13, 1311:20 AM

I've heard of a strong link between male fish turning female and the amount of birth control chemicals found in lakes. Any bit of info on that and our Minnesota lakes?

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upyerpooperMay. 13, 1311:53 AM

Can't figure out how DEET gets in the lakes? You spray it on your skin and then go swimming. then you get out and spray it on again and then later you go swimming again. And every once in a while you drop a can off your boat, it sinks to the bottom, the can rusts and releases it's contents into the lake. Not that hard to figure out!

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netcutter2May. 13, 1311:59 AM

Maybe it isn't the massive amounts of Tricolpyr that has been dumped into Minnetonka that has wiped out the majority of milfoil and cabbage weeds, along with dead sunfish laying all over the bottom.. Too much cocaine in the water caused it, yea, that's it...

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oldmannickelMay. 13, 1311:59 AM

Cocaine fugitive air emissions drifting into our lakes? I find this hard to believe. I would be more willing to believe that it is making its way into our lakes from people setting up drug labs in ice houses and dumping left over chemicals into our lakes.

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voicefreasonMay. 13, 1312:11 PM

Duh, gee Tennessee, how did this happen??? I thought we properly disposed of the 20 billion barrels of chemicals Dow and Dupont and Monsanto made last year. Doesn't the corn just magically make it disappear after we spray it? I'm so confused? Great job lawmakers!

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bredpathMay. 13, 1312:22 PM

Cocaine in the lakes? No wonder those fish will never shut their mouths.

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fishymcishyMay. 13, 1312:22 PM

I tried snorting coke. I almost drown.

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supervon2May. 13, 1312:23 PM

Just 5 Billion in additional taxes and we can check all the lakes-not just the ones in urban areas with beaches and sand volleyball courts. Oh, wait. Did we just find out what the researchers were doing?

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mike2636May. 13, 1312:43 PM

OK I read the whole article and it is either one of two things: 1. Grossly overexaggerated. 2. Completely made up. I'm leaning towards Number 2.

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besseMay. 13, 13 1:20 PM

Today's laboratory can find something the size of a pea in the Atlantic Ocean. They report results in nano grams which is 1/1,000,000,000 of a gram in a quart of liquid. 10 years ago, the instruments would have said the chemicals were not present because they were not sufficiently accurate. What is important is not that they are present but at what level should we say something and be concerned. Lots more work to do before someone reacts to this data!

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