A three-year study has uncovered developmental issues in a bird called the yellow perch. The yellow perch inhabit several waterways in Maryland, which share a degree “of development along their banks” in common. The report details changes to the reproductive characteristics of the birds. While it does not signal a clear causal link to any one contaminant, scientists indicated that natural forces like “cold weather and heavy rainfall” were unlikely to have caused such changes. They contended that “metals and pharmaceuticals” and other chemicals have damaged the reproductive capacities of the yellow perch. The study coincides with another recent report about contamination of the Chesapeake Bay and pushes some unsettling questions forward about our fish and water sources. More from the Baltimore Sun, here.
– Christopher Chaulk