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Keep the Boyne River Tangle Free!
Boyne City, MI– Thanks to the partnership of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Boat U.S. Foundation’s “Reel In and Recycle!” campaign, the Friends of the Boyne Riverwere able to install a new monofilament collection container along the Boyne River. The program was designed to make proper disposal of monofilament more accessible to anglers on our local lakes and streams. When improperly discarded, the line can fatally entangle wildlife and is a danger to boaters and swimmers.
Widely used by anglers, monofilament is a strong, thin, durable line that is nearly invisible in the water. However, those same qualities can make it extremely hazardous to wildlife when left behind. According to the Michigan Clean Marina website, “it is estimated that ingestion of, and entanglement in, marine debris causes the deaths of more than 1 million birds and 100,000 marine mammals each year.” Inappropriately discarded monofilament often accumulates in popular fishing areas and may tangle around boat propellers and aquatic life, while taking over 500 years to decompose.
Can’t find a collection bin? Anglers can also mail used monofilament line directly to Berkley’s Monofilament Recycling Center at the following address: Berkley Recycling, 1900 18th Street, Spirit Lake, IA 51360 or call 1-800-237-5539 to request a free, pre-addressed postage paid box for the return of used fishing line and spools.
Dumping Your Drugs? Don t Flush Them Away
Your toilet bowl may be the time-honored venue for dumping expired or unused drugs, but your local waterways could suffer for it. The U.S. Geologic Survey has been studying the nation’s waterways for years, and an exhaustive study in 2002 detected trace levels of chemicals commonly found in prescription drugs in 80 percent of the streams tested across the country. Now, under pressure from researchers who suspect hormones and antidepressants may be responsible for harming fish, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is on the march to gauge the health and environmental impact of pharmaceuticals in water. In the last year, says EPA press officer Suzanne Ackerman, the agency has made some “groundbreaking” advances and is testing methods that may be effective in removing pharmaceuticals from the water. The going is slow, she concedes, but “it’s happening.” Meanwhile, what should you do with your unused drugs? There are no government guidelines, so pharmaceutical experts recommend:
- 1. Find out if your local pharmacies take back medications. Some have occasional days designated for such drop-offs.
- 2. Check to see whether your area has a community household hazardous waste collection program.
- 3. Go to www.epa.gov/epahome/state.htm for local numbers.
reprinted with permission from the AARP Bulletin, January 2007