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An environmental conundrum
Posted by: McQ on Friday, September 29, 2006

How clean can we expect Mother Nature to be?
Scientists have run high-tech tests on harmful bacteria in local rivers and streams and found that many of the germs — and in the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, a majority of them— come from wildlife dung. The strange proposition that nature is apparently polluting itself has created a serious conundrum for government officials charged with cleaning up the rivers.

Part of the problem lies with the unnaturally high populations of deer, geese and raccoons living in modern suburbs and depositing their waste there. But officials say it would be nearly impossible, and wildly unpopular, to kill or relocate enough animals to make a dent in even that segment of the pollution.

That leaves scientists and environmentalists struggling with a more fundamental question: How clean should we expect nature to be? In certain cases, they say, the water standards themselves might be flawed, if they appear to forbid something as natural as wild animals leaving their dung in the woods.

"You need to go back and say, 'Maybe the standards aren't exactly right' if wildlife are causing the problem," said Thomas Henry, an Environmental Protection Agency official who works on water pollution in the mid-Atlantic.
You think?

Hey, maybe an open hunting season or something?

Heh ...
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They just need to reintroduce wolves and cougars into the Maryland suburbs.
Written By: Steven Donegal
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The previous post is one method.

The other is to maintain a population density along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers about equal to that of most the Western United States, or perhaps ANWR.

Why should those in the most population dense parts of the United States dictate policy for the least population dense areas ? The most recent immigrants (domestic or otherwise) in Maryland and Virginia will just have to move to Montana and Wyoming.

The obvious population segregation has got to end.
Written By: Neo
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Feed the geese to the homeless. Or feed the homeless to the coyotes. (That’s a NYC suburbs problem. Don’t know if it’s a DC suburbs problem).

Written By: chsw10605
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Al Gore sez:

Cigarette smoking is a "significant contributor to global warming!"

Why do I have a hard time taking his message seriously ?
Written By: Neo
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My father is nearly 80 years old and he grew up in the Smokey Mountains and has moved back there. He took me to the top of a mountain where I could see quite far down the Clinch River valley. He said that when he was a young man there were no
woods that could be seen in the valley and it was all farmland.

Now, it is about 90% deep forest. In fact much of the eastern seaboard all the way to the Mississippi has returned to forest. The big problem is that there are few predator animals, and furthermore, these are some of the very states which have done the most to restrict hunting.

Written By: kyle N

"They just need to reintroduce wolves and cougars into the Maryland suburbs."

From your lips to God’s ear. Or the Dept. of the Interior, whichever has jurisdiction. Where I live, we are overrun with deer, opossuum, raccoons, joggers, bicyclists, and other pests. Automobiles can’t do the job by themselves. Many of my neighbors contribute to the problem by putting out food and creating bicycle paths.

Written By: timactual
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There once was a guy driving down the New Jersey Turnpike.
A deer ran out into the highway, was hit by a car and flew up into the air.
The deer came down, smashing through the passenger side of the front windshield of a stationwagon.
The driver, a bit in shock but happy the deer was dead and not kicking, drove on to the next exit.
As he approached the ticket booth, he pulled over to the side and parked the car.
One of the Ticket takers came down from the booth to see the man.

She said to the man .. Sir, you can’t keep the deer
Written By: Neo
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"They just need to reintroduce wolves and cougars into the Maryland suburbs."

But no bears, problem is bad enough as it is.
Written By: unaha-closp

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