As a realtor, my job description requires looking at houses and ranches. I see beautifully landscaped homes with manicured lawns and often, messy properties with debris strewn about: damaged, rusty barrels filled with oil seeping into the ground, or bottles of old, leaky pesticides sitting on the ground in sheds. What do unleashed toxins in our ground water really do to our water table and soil and to us?
According to some studies, these bad boys stay for years. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency researches harsh chemicals used for various agricultural purposes and exposes their problems to our health. When I began this research, I thought I knew a great deal about poisons. Wrong. The Montana River Action, MRA, provides a website with excellent information about the effects of what even decades old banned chemicals do. They write, "Many watersheds cannot escape the legacy of these toxic compounds and their continued legacy to affect the development, reproduction and behavior of fish, wildlife and humans." They state that DDT and other toxic waste are still commonly found twenty-five years after these lethal compounds were banned in the soil and stream sediments.
The MRA goes on to state that, "If toxic chemicals fall, drain, or seep into our water supply, we drink, bathe and breathe them into our bodies." I drink filtered water from my home filtration system. But, what about my other home chores? I don't use a filter on my garden hose or shower.
More of us have stories of relatives and friends who are sick with various diseases and illnesses than ever before. It is time to think about what you are pouring down your sink, or letting seep into your groundwater (where your well is).
The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality is hosting a clean up of hard to dispose of and banned agricultural chemicals. The closest location is 2605 N Guadalupe St in Seguin and the date is Wednesday, 10/28 from 8:00am until 1:00pm. Go! It's your health.
For more information, visit http://tceq.state.tx.us/nav/main/recycling.html and the Montana River Action website at http://www.montanariveraction.org/toxins.html