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The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District reminds residents not to flush prescriptions and over-the-counter medications down the toilet.

Hormones in the pills enter streams and harm fish and other wildlife, said Mike Luers, general manager of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District.

Unused or expired medications can be taken to Recycle Utah in Park City Oct. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Birth control pills and hormone-therapy drugs contain synthetic hormones which "can have the effect of literally feminizing male fish," Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Operations Manager Michael Boyle said.

"It interrupts their normal hormone system and can result in impacts to the fish population," he said. "If male fish are being feminized there is going to be less offspring and less mating of fish."

Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove small amounts of synthetic or natural hormones from sewage, Boyle explained.

"It doesn’t take very much concentration at all to have a potential negative effect on fish," he said. "But these drugs are not being concentrated in the fish flesh, so there apparently is no danger to eating fish that have been exposed to these trace amounts of hormones."

Uinta Headwaters wraps up RC&D week

Last week the Uinta Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council joined the 375 RC&D councils across the country in celebrating National RC&D Week.

"The Uinta Headwaters RC&D works on projects that are important to local communities in Summit, Wasatch and Utah counties. Our ongoing projects include hosting an annual renewable energy conference, supporting the Heber Valley farmers market, developing heritage tourism with the Mountain Spirit Heritage [Festival], helping with community fire plans, helping protect open space and farmland, diversifying agricultural operations and supporting coordinated weed management areas," Uinta Headwaters RC&D Council Chairman David Bates said. "We concentrate on items that protect our natural resources while promoting economic development."


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