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GINTA – There should be no compromise on keeping waters clean

(Image: Mel Rothenburger)

FEW THINGS are more unsettling than the words ‘coloured discharge’ or ‘sludgy brown cloud’ when attached to the state of a natural body of water, such as a river or a lake, which people use for various activities, including fishing and swimming (humans and dogs).

I guess everyone who has lived in Kamloops for a while has made peace with the occasional bad smell from the pulp mill.

When we moved here in 2012, we were told that it is much better than it used to be. I have been reminding myself of that on particularly stinky days, while also wondering what exactly is it that we breathe in. Scientific curiosity, if you will.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at daniela.ginta@gmail.com, or through her blog at http://www.danielaginta.com.

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1 Comment on GINTA – There should be no compromise on keeping waters clean

  1. Daniella,
    Good article based on a news story many of us read last week.
    I moved to this fair city in July 1985. When I asked my employer why such a big, beautiful lake (just west of town) wasn’t developed and full of fishing boats, one of the co-owners told me “don’t eat the fish out of that lake”.
    I have lived by that advice.

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