Friday, January 18, 2008

And the Answer is ........

From Colorado Dead Ducks and the Pollution Puzzle By ADRIENNE ANDERSON Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:41 PM MST They say it's a “puzzle,” why ducks are dying in Denver. Now for a second winter in a row, ducks have been found drowning in the sewage treatment ponds of the Metro Wastewater plant, and also in other water bodies around the the metro Denver area. It's a puzzle, true. But what's most puzzling is why the area media keep ducking the issue of what's likely behind these tragic wildlife losses and allowing absurd statements of government officials to go unchallenged, especially when the most obvious piece of the puzzle is being ignored. In the winter of 2007, over 1,000 dead ducks were collected around metro Denver, the bulk of them drowning in a holding basin at the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District along the banks of the South Platte River in north Denver, near Commerce City. In an early TV broadcast over the duck deaths, Jennifer Churchill, a PR staffer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife was interviewed at the Metro Wastewater plant site. She said it appeared the ducks were drowning because they had lost the waterproofing on their feathers. Claims were made in subsequent weeks that testing by both DoW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would be conducted, and that the public would be notified of the results. However, officials have since back-paddled over this. Continue reading...


  1. Anonymous7:43 PM

    Isn't the author of this the same woman that the former right wing governor, Bill Owens, worked to get off the CU faculty? I wonder what his role in this is, about Lowry. He lived out near there, and the big polluters at the dump were some of his major $$$ backers for years.

  2. Yes, one and the same. Click on Anderson in this blog.

  3. Anonymous9:13 AM

    We are all just sitting ducks. Don't wait until it is too late. They just started dumping toxic waste in January and look at the toll it's taken on our beautiful parks. Tell the mayor, tell city council and your state representatives to REVOKE Permit No. 2360-3-1A now! Speak up and tell them you want river water to water the grasses and fields of the middle school, the zoo, and our city parks and lakes. Please take a minute to speak out against this unprecedented atrocity. At the very least tell your neighbors who run through the park or walk their dogs or let their children play or go to Jazz in the Park on Sundays...tell them what they risk. Tell them what recycled water really means.

    Careen Warren