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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Fifty Percent of Fish Die in New Orleans Flood Water

Boy, talk about a newspaper doing spin for those like Ray Nagin who want people to come on back without knowing the real health effects. This story in The Advocate today makes it seem like things are just fine with the water in New Orleans. Fact is, when the flood waters were heavily diluted by the relatively clean water in Lake Ponchartrain, the toxicity was diluted. Duh! A tablespoon of arsenic is deadly, but if we take that tablespoon of arsenic and put it in 4000 gallons of water, that water is still relatively OK.

But note what happened when fish were exposed to pure flood water. When the flood water dries, leaving a toxic concentrate behind, does the situation still seem so rosy?

On Tuesday, DEQ released results of recent biotoxicity tests done in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These tests involve placing aquatic invertebrates and fish in floodwater samples being pumped from New Orleans...

Two additional samples showed a 50 percent mortality rate with a water
sample that was 100 percent flood water...


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