Bignell Week 1 Day 5 - the other side of the gravel road....

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The mighty Mississippi in Hastings, MN at one time was a sight of beauty, but now it is a sight of despair. The water is a deep brown and has a foul order. The people of Hastings contribute to this filth daily. My whole life I was always told do not eat the fish caught in the Mississippi river. The reason for this, the most polluted pare of the river stretches from Fort Snelling through Hastings, MN. “The water has been rendered undrinkable, by sewage and industrial pollution” (unknown, 2011). Children under the age of 6 and women with in the childbearing years are told not to eat the fish from the Mississippi river. Everyone else is told do not exceed more than one meal of fish from this stretch of the Mississippi River a month. The main form of pollution found in these waters is from human waist. At one time human waists were being dumped directly into the river. In Hastings the water treatment plant is located on the banks of the Mississippi. There is a narrow gravel road between the Mississippi river and the water treatment plant. There is a culvert on
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Unformatted text preview: the other side of the gravel road. This culvert was once being used to dump human sewage into the mighty Mississippi river. Hastings no longer dumps their sewage into the river, but the damage is done. The fish is no longer a viable resource to the people of Hastings. The clean up from years of dumping will take time. The mighty Mississippi in Hastings, MN at one time was a sight of beauty, but now it is a sight of despair. The water is a deep brown and has a foul order. There was a time when people would go to these waters for their drinking water. Now people are in fear of eating the fish that live within the water, and would not consider drinking the water. Bibliography unknown. (2011). More about the Mississippi River: Fort Snelling to Hastings . Retrieved January 19, 2011, from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/mississippiriver/nine_more.html...
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Bignell Week 1 Day 5 - the other side of the gravel road....

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