Drugs are polluting our waterways and effecting our aquatic ecosystems! There have been proposals to change the waste water treatment plants and equip them with better machinery which would filter the waste better so that very little amounts of the drugs would go through unharmed. As of now almost all of the drugs go through these treatment plants unscathed. Pharmaceutical companies are unwilling to pay for the cost of revolutionizing the waste treatment facilities.
Some fish living in the waters that have been effected in the following ways: eating extreme amounts, becoming bold and moving into new and uncertain areas, and they are becoming anti-social, and unwilling to mate. Young Perch feed on zoo plankton, which in turn feed on algae. If drugged young perch are continuously gobbling up the zoo plankton then there will be no zoo plankton to feed on algae and the algae will thrive. Zebra fish are affected by a reduced courtship and if they do not want to mate then there will be no new generation to replace the last.
We all know that a small change in a smaller ecosystem can have a huge effect on the on the entire ecosystem. Is the cost too great for pharmaceutical companies to provide better waste water treatment facilities when they are making millions selling these exact drugs that are the problem? Should we just allow them to sabotage the aquatic environment? Once enough destruction of aquatic environments occurs it is only a matter of time before it has an effect on the dry environments the two go hand in hand.
Tonya Sulham (3)