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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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Beware lead when allowing hunting/fishing

All farmers and landowners who give permission for hunting and fishing on their property this season should be aware that spent lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle pose a potential source of contamination of the soil, aquifer, surface water, and future crops.

This contamination might in the future lead to taking acres out of production or an expensive cleanup before rezoning and subdividing, if that is your goal. This will be costly for your kids and grandchildren.

Studies have shown contaminated soil will yield lead concentrations in certain crops. The relationship between lead contamination and cancer is still being studied. Lead is banned in gasoline, paint, and many other products in the United States.

When farmers and landowners give permission for hunting and/or fishing on their land, they should be able to stipulate, "No lead, please." There are good alternatives to lead ammo and lead tackle. Steel and copper alternatives are readily available.

Farmers feed us and take care of the precious land. It is hard work. They should be able to say what takes place on their own property.

Patricia Haines
West Des Moines resident


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