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There was a little three paragraph article in Friday's Journal Sentinel. Seems pharmaceuticals in Lake Michigan are an emerging health threat. While the current concentrations are too low to worry about now, not enough is known about the various chemical combinations and at what point they become unsafe.
Caffeine, estrogen and cotinine, a tobacco byproduct, have been found in small concentrations, as have anticonvulsants and mood stabilizers. These chemicals have been known to cause cancer, small size and intersexuality in fish.
Flying Asian carp won't be the lake's only problem: it'll also have to worry about fish hooked on coffee and cigarettes instead of rod and reel.
I hope that after Waukesha spends 160 million dollars for a long term solution to it's water problem, that Lake Michigan doesn't eventually prove more hazardous to drink than our current supply.