You would have to see it to believe it, so have a look at this!

Well, here goes my vanity in the name of the greater good.

 In 2003, a Mission City councillor told me to save my urine as it could be analysed at a later date, and of course went on to say that if I told anyone that this person had told me this, they would deny it. Well, I did collect some midstream urine samples.

I recently went and had a look at these urine samples taken when I was still living at the deadly duplex in 2003. I was not prepared for what I saw.

Have a look at this!!! Oh my God! More twilight zone images.

 Above photos 2003 urine samples photographed November 2011

 This now really freaks me out. It is extremely unsettling, but honestly, not surprising, to see that what was white staining or mucous in my urine in 2003 grew into this during approximately seven years and 5 months of undisturbed storage. Even more disturbing is the fact that the stuff appears to be alive still today. That came out of my body! You can also see that it is managing to escape the containers, and outside of the sterile urine containers obtained from the BC Bio lab, it is showing up as that weird white web fungus that showed up everywhere.

 Above photo is of a urine sample from April 2003 photographed November 2011.

 The mass present, at least in appearance, is the same as what showed up in water bodies all over the place out here.

The web fungus showed up on mass at the duplex and was literally coming out of light sockets both inside and outside of the duplex. I have some microscopic pictures of the web fungus consuming a spider, from a sample I took to a biology researcher. It appears to have a “radiant” (am told this is the correct term for a fluorescing compound as I was calling it) in it that at times looks almost neon yellow. Sometimes the stuff photographs that way, as it did in the above picture.

 All urine tests sent for analysis at the time that these samples were taken came back negative, no findings at all.

The doctor reached a point back then where he said he was not going to take any more samples from us to submit, because he said they are not going to do anything to help us with it. I did not ask for a better explanation as I had already been told by a senior member of Fraser Health, as well as a bioremediation expert that I would not get any medical help due to political pressure.

 2003 urine sample photographed November 2011. Note white hyphae escaping container.
Note similarities in appearance to contents of ditches (below) I have been photographing over the years, and whatever that is in my 7+ year old urine samples today, and consider what that potentially implies.

 Above Mission creek on private property 2005

 Chilliwack Irrigation trench 2004

The picture above is a sample taken from my outside planter in which the water literally gelled overnight.

The pictures in the sample containers are all of samples which have been sealed since early 2003.

Notice that it still has texture and shape. What grew would appear to be still alive as of November 2011. This is a deeply distressing thought with astronomical, wide reaching implications.

I still have something in my urine that perhaps is the same thing, but I am still being told, even when it is visible to the naked eye, that there is nothing there. All test results come back negative as they did during the time that the urine samples in these pictures were collected.

Are those who introduced the population at large, including me and my now all deceased pets (all died of rare cancers), to the deadly little yellow bombs also controlling the flow of data relevant to your bodily condition?

According to some in the scientific and medical community this is NOT farfetched.

 I continue to suffer, and watch my health slip away on me, and continue to be told there are no findings, no matter what I am tested for, still, to this day.

I am not the only one by any stretch going down this road.

As a respirologist once said to me in response to my reported symptoms, and I quote `I have met hundreds of people like you, and this is going to be a tough one‘ (unquote).

He too was unable to help me.


What is it?

What is this?
Deadly little yellow bombs

To identify this would be to answer a vast array of as yet unanswered questions regarding what has been happening to the health of the environment as well as the living things in it since 2003 or shortly before.

I have tried to identify the contents of this deadly little yellow bomb, however, no one in the bioremediation industry has ever seen the yellow casing. The casing is referred to in the industry as a “sock”, a membrane packed with substance for aerial or water dispersal. The contents are identified by the colour of the membrane (sock). No one has ever seen this colour used, and it has been suggested that it may be military.

I am not so sure about this, as, following a formal request by me for an independent environmental impact assessment to be done on my property, stating that if my request was denied, I would then pursue the larger issue that expands outside the bounds of my rental property, I got a call from an environmental assessment company  saying that then Premier Gordon Campbell was “scrambling”.  This man went on to say that an engineering company that did in fact have government contracts in the area at the time would have to go, and a couple of scientists names came into the conversation. The man told me I was dealing with parasitic fungi and volatile sulfur compounds, something a toxicologist later also told me.

Hmmmmm……… do these people know what is going on in my humble little back yard?

The man from the environmental assessment company was involved in marsh habitat management, which at this time was a “provincial” management responsibility. I just happened to have a filthy marsh in my back yard, and later learned of a barrage of developments planned in the area.

How he got my unlisted phone number is an unknown. My guess would be that he had some involvement in the process and was possibly aware of the formal request I made, which had my phone number on it.

At any rate, the contents of this little yellow bomb is what started a process I first witnessed in my yard. Water began to turn milky, especially where there was protein present, such as insects or worms. Then came the visible mass of white stuff coating and parasitizing insects. Spiders turned to something resembling soft ice cream. Black beetles had white stuff coming out of their bums, plants began to decompose from the roots up, metal rusted rapidly, iron was being pulled out of the ground (or at least that is the explanation I have been given for the waters turning orange), bark was being stripped right off of trees by flood water. When the water receded, any part of the tree that had been submerged was devoid of bark, birds feet were bleeding, birds were pooping and throwing up in mid-air. We had spit that glowed in the dark. An environmetal consultant who recently read this post said the glowing spit indicates the possible presence of what he referred to as a “radiant”. I had been referring to it as a flourescing compound all these years.  Dead plants were flourescing in photographs taken at night, ground dwelling insects were disappearing, leaves were turning jet black on the trees, flowers were burning and dying before ever blooming, birds would not sit in trees, and were trying to build nests on my truck mirrors, even house plants fell prey to the rapid decomposition and jet black appearance.

We had burning tingling skin, respiratory problems, hair falling out in clumps, burning bleeding bright red sores that would not heal to name a few of the effects on us and the pets.

Within the year the indicators of this process were becoming visible throughout the valley, and strange microbial masses began to become visible in ever increasing quantities in larger and larger bodies of water. Then came the so dubbed avian influenza occurrence, followed by the strange disappearance of over a million fish, and then there is the spike in respiratory illnesses and cancers in the animals, and the unbelievable array of health effects on us humans.

The occurence of rust coloured water overtaken by multicoloured  and sometimes bubbling (off gasing) masses has been seen by me in at least 7 towns in the valley, and reported to me to have been seen all the way from Whistler to Hope.

The same types of health complaints for both human and animal can always be found amongst the population in areas where these conditions are present.

So what is in this deadly little yellow bomb? Who dropped them on our heads? What was it intended to do? What did it do that was NOT part of the plan? What are the long term implications? What is being done about the consequences today?

Do you know the answer to any of these questions?

Entry for October 25, 2011

There is now a website founded to assist people with health and environmental concerns in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. Please visit the website for more at:

This blog role is loaded with information of interest to anyone anywhere who is concerned about emerging health, environmental, agricultural, bioremediation or mycoremediation trends.

Dinoflagellates Entry for June 16, 2009

Here is a look at some of the microbial creatures that live in toxic algae. How would you like these swimming around in your body. They very well may be swimming around in ours out here.…

Again, I ask you: What is on your plate?A lot of people beleive algae to be a very healthy food. It now depends on where it came from. You need to be very aware of this if you care about your health.

Pfiesteria Entry for June 16, 2009

This photo was taken in 2003 in the area where I became ill. These conditions are still present in the area, although there has been an effort to remove/reroute much of the groundwater in the area to make way for (EEK!) residential development.

I recently met a person from yet another area where the deeply disturbed environmental conditions are know to persist. I knew the health trends that go with the visible environmental indicators would surface in this area as in 2003 there was an exceptionally strong odor of the presence of the “introduced moldy substance”. The area is in the vicintiy of a very badly damaged dumpsite, which leaches into a large lake. This was finally spotted from the air, and made it into our newspapers. It had to become visible however before anyone was told this was happening. There is also marsh land in the area, as well as residential development plans.

So I knew that people in the area would develop symptoms, and sure enough here it comes. One person with scarring sores and a host of symptoms, another with nodules in the lungs that are escaping diagnosis, as well as a host of symptoms, and two sick pets.

Again, no diagnosis, no treatment, no explaination.

Aside form the mold/fungus/yeast/bacteria in the mix, some laboratory produced, there is this:

May 14, 1999 / 48(18);381

Notice to Readers: Possible Estuary-Associated Syndrome

Pfiesteria piscicida (Pp) is an estuarine dinoflagellate that has been associated with fish kill events in estuaries along the eastern seaboard and possibly with human health effects (1,2). CDC, in collaboration with other federal, state, and local government agencies and academic institutions, is conducting multistate surveillance, epidemiologic studies, and laboratory research for possible estuary-associated syndrome (PEAS), including possible Pp-related human illness.

The surveillance system tracks PEAS rather than Pp-related illness because a Pp toxin(s) has not been identified and therefore a biomarker of exposure has not been developed. Detection of Pp or fish with lesions in water has been used as evidence of suspected Pp toxin(s) (3). However, Pp has been found in waters where there were no reports of harm to fish or persons. In addition, lesions on fish can result from various biologic, physical, and environmental factors. Therefore, detecting Pp or observing fish with lesions may not be indicative of the presence of putative Pp toxin(s).

PEAS surveillance criteria resulted from a series of CDC-sponsored multistate workshops and differ from criteria developed in 1997 (3). Persons are considered to have PEAS if 1) they report developing symptoms within 2 weeks after exposure to estuarine water; 2) they report memory loss or confusion of any duration and/or three or more selected symptoms (i.e., headache, skin rash at the site of water contact, sensation of burning skin, eye irritation, upper respiratory irritation, muscle cramps, and gastrointestinal symptoms) that–with the exception of skin rash at the site of water contact and sensation of burning skin–persist for greater than or equal to 2 weeks; and 3) a health-care provider cannot identify another cause for the symptoms.

It is unclear whether persons exposed to Pp while swimming, boating, or engaging in other recreational activities in coastal waters are at risk for developing illness. PEAS is not infectious and has not been associated with eating fish or shellfish caught in waters where Pp has been found. However, persons should avoid areas with large numbers of diseased, dying, or dead fish and should promptly report the event to the state’s environmental or natural resource agency. In addition, persons should not go in or near the water in areas that are closed officially by the state and should not harvest or eat fish or shellfish from these areas. Persons who experience health problems after exposure to estuarine water, a fish-disease event, or a fish-kill site should contact their health-care provider and state or local public health agency.

Several states have established PEAS information lines: Delaware, (800) 523-3336; Florida, (888) 232-8635; Maryland, (888) 584-3110; North Carolina, (888) 823-6915; South Carolina, (888) 481-0125; and Virginia, (888) 238-6154.

Reported by: AL Hathcock, PhD, Delaware Dept of Health and Social Svcs. B Hughes, PhD, Florida Dept of Health. D Matuszak, MD, Maryland Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene. JS Cline, DDS, North Carolina Dept of Health and Human Svcs. R Ball, MD, South Carolina Dept of Health and Environmental Control. S Jenkins, VMD, Virginia Dept of Health. Health Studies Br and Surveillance Br, Div of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Div of Environmental Health and Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC.


  1. Smith CG, Music SI. Pfiesteria in North Carolina: the medical inquiry continues. North Carolina Medical Journal 1998;59:216-9.
  2. Grattan LM, Oldach D, Tracy JK, et al. Learning and memory difficulties after environmental exposure to waterways containing toxin-producing Pfiesteria or Pfiesteria-like dinoflagellates. Lancet 1998;352:532-9.
  3. CDC. Results of the public health response to Pfiesteria workshop–Atlanta, Georgia, September 29-30, 1997. MMWR 1997;46:951-2.

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I had all these symptoms when I lived at the place that made me sick, but our CDC (BCCDC) refused to investigate, citing “we are not equipped to do field investigations”. I contacted a toxicologist as well as an epidemiologist to inquire about this, and was told by both that the BCCDC was lying to me, and probably already knew what was going on in my area.

I contacted the BCCDC and asked that they put in writing their decision not to investigate, and reason why in writing and send it to me. My request was denied, as was my request for an explaination as to why they would not honour my request to have their decision in writing.

It is interesting to note that in the Pacific Northwest, there is a higher per capita instance of multiple sclerosis than anywhere else in the world. I am in that beltway. I also presented with symptoms while living where I got ill that caused my doctor to fear that I was developing MS. Parkinsonism is another condition in this area that shows up in odd fashion, such as two neighbors on one street at the same time. Does that make any sense to you? It shouldn’t.

To learn more about the implications of “toxic” algae, Dr. Ritchie Shoemacker is considered one of the leading authorities on this subject:

Water quality and public hearings Entry for November 26, 2008

Here is the lake again. The entire sandbar covered in an orange and purple bubbling slime.

The fight rages on to get an honest, thorough analysis of our waters. I have been doing a lot of suffering with my health these days, and still no answers at the local, or any other level. Not on the health front, or the environmental front. You tell me, does this look like nothing to you?

Knowing first hand what the implications are of what is visibly here plaguing our waters and soil, I continue to push for testing appropriate to the visual conditions presenting themselves in an ever expanding area of our region.

I have recently become involved in an effort to stop a massive residential development planned in this, an already seriously degraded region with an abundant source of “damaged” water.

Areas with high water content have very easily damaged ecosystems, and once the damage starts, it can, and if allowed, will, spread at an alarming rate to become all encompassing.

Recently, baseline studies were revealed to have tested for only total and fecal coliforms, which I had to do some legwork to see. These show levels that are beyond guideline limits, which constitutes a contaminated site, but this seems to be a mute point here. Huh?

There were also algae plates taken as well. I have not seen these.

Given visible conditions easily found all over this valley, this baseline testing is woefully unacceptably inadequate when it involves:

1. destruction of 44o acres of treed and waterlogged land adjacent to our watersheds which is home to many endangered species and a source of oxygen producing trees and photogenesis producing foliage. Both critical to overall health of this valley, which is a giant bowl where air pollution gets trapped. We already have a high degree of respiratory illness here. Keep taking away the greenspace, and we will see much more of this.

Are the developers working with the pharmaceutical companies? I heard a doctor on our news about a year ago say: “No one cares if you get sick anymore. Illness is money”. Hmmmmm……something else to think about. You suppose that doctor lost his job after that bout of honesty? Seems to be where honesty gets you these days if it does not favor what the corporate sector needs people to believe.

Given visible conditions easily found all over this valley, this baseline testing is woefully unacceptably inadequate when it involves:

2. inviting approximately 30,00 more people into an region that is already believed to be producing adverse health affects in humans and animals as a consequence of adverse environmental conditions.

However, I am told that there is no legal requirement to do any further baseline studies of the water or soil conditions as a part of this process.

There does not appear to be any requirement under any process to do any testing relative to what is showing up in these pictures under any process’ umbrella. How convenient eh.

I do know that some of the testing I am focused on is done but it would seem that this is not for public knowledge. This fact alone indicate a problem.

Given what is visibly here, and the fact that these conditions directly and profoundly affect agricultural quality, our potable water, watersheds, as well as recreational waters, and alarm bells have been raised regarding human and animal health trends, the total lack of action on this matter which has been duly brought to the attention of all the responsilbe arms (tentacles) of government on more than one occassion, brings into focus the reality that human, animal, and environmental health is taking a back seat to wealth here.

Although I am not a seasoned public speaker, I did put forth my concerns at a public hearing. Here are the clips, which I put here, as, again, this is, generally speaking, subject matter potentially applicable anywhere:

Part 1…

Part 2…

Here is a link to the videographer’s site:

which has much more on this public hearing process, which a political figure was overheard saying that the public hearing was only being held to give people the feeling of having some input. This comment would imply that no matter what public opinion is, the politicians have already made a decision before the public consult began. Something to think about isn’t that.

When did “public servants”, which is (what politicians are), come to believe that they could do as they please as a small select group, irregardless of what the public they are appointed to serve wants? This is a problem all over the world these days. Part of the blame falls on the public, who passively and/or naively allowed this to slowly become the norm.

Many people have never been involved in a public hearing process. It is an education, and a process that many more people need to get involved with to stop the destruction of the only home we have.

As I have said before, we can indeed run out of time to save this planet we call home, so wherever you live, if opportunity presents itself, GET ACTIVELY INVOLVED !

HAPPY EARTH DAY! April 22, 2008

I think it is “iron”ic that I keep finding pictures of the planet in human hands with corrosive rust colours around them. Here is another one. At least in this one the planet is looking greener. It’s a start.

Last year I mentioned that the earth was in fact a living organism. Here is another article in regard to this aspect of earth topics.

I think that the outermost layers of the planet are becoming infected as a consequence of our contaminants. It is something to think about. Physics and Astronomy News

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Original publication date: Monday November 5, 2007.

ASU Study Depicts Earth As Living Organism

ASU Study Depicts Earth As Living Organism

Image courtesy: ASU

Seismologists recently have recast their understanding of the inner workings of Earth from a relatively benign homogeneous environment to one that is highly dynamic and chemically diverse.

This new view of Earth’s inner workings depicts the planet as a living organism, where events that happen deep inside can affect what happens at its surface – such as the rub and slip of tectonic plates, or the rumble of the occasional volcano.

New research into these dynamic inner workings are showing that Earth’s upper mantle (an area that extends down to 660 kilometers, or about 410 miles) exhibits how far more than just temperature and pressure play a role in the dynamics of the deep interior.

A study by Nicholas Schmerr, a doctoral student in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, is shedding light on these processes and showing that they are not just temperature-driven. His work helps assess the role chemistry plays in the structure of Earth’s mantle.

The simplest model of the mantle – the layer of the Earth’s interior just beneath the crust – is that of a convective heat engine. Like a pot of boiling water, the mantle has parts that are hot and welling up, as in the mid-Atlantic rift, and parts that are cooler and sinking, as in subduction zones. There, the crust sinks into the Earth, mixing and transforming into different material “phases,” like graphite turning into diamond.

“A great deal of past research on mantle structure has interpreted anomalous seismic observations as due to thermal variations within the mantle,” Schmerr says. “We’re trying to get people to think about how the interior of the Earth can be not just thermally different in different regions, but also chemically different.”

The research, which Schmerr conducted with Edward Garnero, a School of Earth and Space Exploration professor, was published in the Oct. 26 issue of the journal Science. Their article is titled “Upper Mantle Discontinuity Topography from Thermal and Chemical Heterogeneity.”
Schmerr’s work shows that Earth’s interior is far from homogeneous, as represented in traditional views, but possesses an exotic brew of down and upwelling material that goes beyond simply hot and cold convection currents. His work demonstrates the need for a chemical component in the convection process.

At key depths within Earth, rock undergoes compression to a denser material, where its atoms rearrange from the ever-increasing pressure. Earth scientists have long known that the dominant mineral olivine in Earth’s outer shell compresses into another mineral named wadsleyite at a depth of 410 kilometers (255 miles), which then changes into ringwoodite around 520 kilometers (325 miles), and then again into perovskite and magnesiowüstite at 660 kilometers (410 miles).

These changes in crystal structure, called “phase transitions,” are sensitive to temperature and pressure, and the transition depth moves up and down in the mantle in response to relatively hot or cold material.

Beneath South America, Schmerr’s research found the 410-kilometer phase boundary bending the wrong way. The mantle beneath South America is predicted to be relatively cold because of cold and dense former oceanic crust and the underlying tectonic plate sinking into the planet from the subduction zone along the continent’s western coast. In such a region, the 410-kilometer boundary normally would be upwarped – but by using energy from far-away earthquakes that reflect off the deep boundaries in this study area, Schmerr and Garnero found that the 410-kilometer boundary significantly deepened.

“Our discovery of the 410-kilometer boundary deflecting downward in this region is incompatible with previous assumptions of upper-mantle phase boundaries being dominantly modulated by the cold temperature of the subducting crust and plate,” Garnero says.

Geologists and geochemists have long suspected that subduction processes are driven by more than temperature alone. A sinking oceanic plate is compositionally distinct from the mantle, and brings with it minerals rich in elements that can alter the range of temperatures and pressures at which a phase change takes place.

“We’re not the first to suggest chemical heterogeneities in the mantle,” Schmerr says. “However, we are the first to suggest hydrogen or iron as an explanation for an observation at this level of detail, and over a geographical region spanning several thousands of kilometers.”

Hydrogen from ocean water can be bonded to minerals within the crust and carried down as it is subducted into the mantle, Schmerr says. When the plate reaches the 410-kilometer phase boundary, the hydrogen affects the depth of the olivine to wadsleyite phase transition, reducing the density of the newly formed wadsleyite, and making it relatively more buoyant than its surrounding material. This hydrated wadsleyite then “pools” below the 410-kilometer boundary, and the base of the wet zone reflects the seismic energy observed by Schmerr.

Alternatively, subduction can bring the iron-poor and magnesium-enriched residues of materials that melted near the surface to greater depths. Mantle mineral compositions enriched in magnesium are stable to greater depths than usual, resulting in a deeper phase transition.

“Either hypothesis explains our observation of a deep 410-kilometer boundary beneath South American subduction, and both ideas invoke chemical heterogeneity,” Schmerr says. “However, if we look deeper, at the 660-kilometer phase transition, we find it at a depth consistent with the mantle being colder there. This tells us that the mantle beneath South America is both thermally cold and chemically different.”

To make their observations, Schmerr and Garnero used data from the USArray, which is part of the National Science Foundation-funded EarthScope project.

“The USArray essentially is 500 seismometers that are deployed in a movable grid across the United States,” Schmerr says. “It’s an unheard-of density of seismometers.”

Schmerr and Garnero used seismic waves from earthquakes to measure where phase tran
sitions occur in the interior of Earth by looking for where waves reflect off these boundaries. In particular, they used a set of seismic waves that reflect off the underside of phase transitions halfway between the earthquake and the seismometer. The density and other characteristics of the material they travel through affect how the waves move, and this gives geologists an idea of the structure of the inner Earth.

“Seismic discontinuities are abrupt changes in density and seismic wave speeds that usually occur where a mineral undergoes a phase change – such as when olivine transitions to wadsleyite, or ringwoodite transforms into perovskite and magnesiowüstite,” Schmerr says. “The transformed mineral is generally denser, and typically seismic waves travel faster through it as well. Discontinuities reflect seismic energy, which allows us to figure out how deep they are. They are found throughout the world at certain average depths – in this case, at 410 kilometers and 660 kilometers. Because these phase transitions are not always uniform, these layers are bumpy with ridges and troughs.

“Right now, the big question that we have is about Earth’s thermal state and its chemical state, and there are a lot of ways we can go about getting at that information. This study lets us look at one particular area in Earth and constrain the temperature and composition to a certain degree, imaging this structure inside the Earth, and saying, ‘These are not just thermal effects. There’s also some sort of chemical aspect to it, as well.’ ”

You can see the original publication here:

Moldy Myco-neuro-toxic places and The Money Entry for April 20, 2008

This petrie dish has molds in it grown from a contaminated buiding.

I am appalled by the fact that the very health authorities who are collecting such inflated salaries as to generate public outcry in strong opposition to these salary increases, could get away with telling me there were no mold or mycotoxin problems anywhere in this province or anywhere else in this country. Either they are so poor at their jobs that their inflated salaries are unjustifiable, or they lie, in which case their inflated salaries are again not only unjustifiable, but grossly undeserved. A great deal of effort went into attempting to convince me that I had an overactive imagination and that the professionals I saw all had it wrong in relation to the conditions where I lived and the condition of my body, or were lacking credibility. I was mocked, humiliated, and told to forget about it all and get on with my life. As I was walking out of the last meeting I attended between myself and two health authority officials, one of those health officials was laughing at the back of my head. I was furious. Their meeting agenda was clearly not to assist me in any manner, but rather to attempt to encourage me to abandon my effort to obtain truth and help to get well by convincing me that I was out in left field. The traditional tools in the little bag of dirty tricks employed are to mock, humiliate, devalue and question the stability of one’s intellect. I am not the first truth seeker in sensitive topic areas to experience this reception out here. I wonder, if I were to find myself sitting across the table from those same 2 officials today, would either of them still be laughing, as I now know I was right, and they were not. One of the key substances in these conversations and the one that stimulated the brunt of the denial stance on their part was the presence of trichothecene mycotoxins found in the environment and in me. Here is an article of specific interest in this context:,b7h…

Of course, when it comes to conditions of dwellings, it all comes down to this: Liability and/or loss of revenue concerns. I sent this article to someone involved in a moldy building situation as I felt it was a well rounded article and a very informative site:

Here is an additional useful link on this topic:
A sports venue building out here has been discovered to have fungi and algae growing beneath the roof membrane and into the insulation beneath. A city official on the evening news announced however that “it is not something that humans are affected by”. This is a bad message to send to the public, who depend on these pillars of the community to keep them informed, and safe.
It is going to cost approximately $ 2 million dollars to replace the membrane, if they take shortcuts (temporary cheaper fix), and no one will be the wiser for a few years. But if not done right, the contaminants will reaccumulate and this will become what is known as a “sick building”.
Like I was told, if you want to get to the root of what is going on, “Follow the money”.

Home, home, on the range, things are looking mighty strange Entry for March 18, 2008

This picture is taken about a mile farther into the country from the backside of the lake in previous posts. This is in the country! Far far away from urban sprawl, industrialisation, and factory farming! Half way between the community on the backside of the lake, and the site of the new well being drilled for them.

There has been an announcement in recent months that a new well is being drilled for the residents of the quaint little community situated on the backside of the lake referred to in previous posts here. The article states that the people of this community have not had safe drinking water for over 20 years. Here is the article:

Hatzic water system approved

By Carol Aun – Mission City Record – January 31, 2008

Residents in three Hatzic Prairie subdivisions will be able to safely drink water straight out of the tap later this year.

Over 50 per cent of the property owners in Sheltered Cove, and the Riverside and Mountainview subdivisions, filed a petition to the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) in support of a water supply system introduced last fall.

“We needed 56 approved petitions, which is just 50 per cent of the people in the specified area,” said Dick Bogstie, electoral F director. “We got 71 and we rejected four. [The project] passed by a significant amount.”

The system will bring groundwater to the affected homes from a well near Durieu Elementary School at a cost of $2.4 million. The plan is to drill a second well in the area, close to 50 feet deep and use one of the wells as a back up.

Drilling for the new well is expected to begin next month, according to Tareq Islam, FVRD’s director of engineering. The new water system should be supplying potable water to the three subdivisions by late summer or early fall this year.

There are also 44 properties on Farms Road which are not included in the proposal, but owners have the option to hook up to the system once the lines are installed.

Some residents living near Durieu school on shallow wells told FVRD officials last month they fear a new well would impact the water levels on their properties.

The regional district has been assured by hydrologists and geologists that the nearby shallow wells should not be affected, however, in response to the concern, Islam says the FVRD will be installing monitoring devices on all the wells in the area, which total about half a dozen.

“When we do a pump test, it will read the well levels and [determine] if there are any changes,” said Islam.

The main well capacity will pump about 250 gallons of water per minute, but only about 75 gallons per minute will be used during peak hours, said Islam.

The FVRD has secured two grants totalling $1.3 million for the project, leaving residents to foot the remaining $1.1 million. A parcel tax of $950 will be added to the owner’s property tax notice for the next 20 years, beginning in 2009. Residents will also pay a user fee, which is expected to average about $25 per month. The user fee has not been determined yet as it will be based on the operating and maintenance costs, and the amount of water each household uses in the metered system.

Homes in Sheltered Cove, and the Riverside and Mountainview subdivisions are currently on surface water and have been on a boil water advisory for the past 20 years.

According to the Fraser Health Authority, surface water is exposed to the environment, and exposed to viruses, bacteria and parasites.

A number of water systems in the FVRD have to be revamped because unsafe drinking water is no longer an option, said Bogstie.

The local government has been proposing to bring in potable water for close to 10 years, says Bogstie, but residents have turned down each offer because of the high costs associated.

Here is the direct link to the above article:

My favourite line in the above article is “Unsafe drinking water is no longer an option.” When you read this, would it not seem to imply that “unsafe drinking water” was at some point an option? I hope you realise that what applies here could just as easily apply anywhere, including right there where you are.

So having photographed, and spoken to local politicians regarding the lake mentioned here in previous entries, the new well development is of interest to me. However maybe not for the reasons one might think.

My first thought was “Where is the well going to be drilled?’ My second thought was “Is the water underground safe where they are going to drill?” Safe, that is, from the presence of the elements I am focused on. Those of a not so well known nature, microbiological elements being amongst these. Many of the elements which are of interest to me here do not seem to show up on publicly accessible testing and analysis reports. This is part of the reason that they are of such interest to me, as well as the reasons why we need to be aware of them and wether or not they are posing a threat in the area where we live.

Including those things microbial, some elements of possible relevance here possibly absent from the data stream would be nitrates, phosphates, methyl mercury, arsine, arsenic, certain parasites, nematodes, toxic algae, dinoflagellates, pfisteria causing components, toxic fungi, mycotoxins and/or neurotoxins, DDT, DDE, DDA, cyanobacteria, basidiomycetes, yeasts, harmful bacteria, raw sewage, harmful water treatment chemicals and/or compounds, other chemical threats from old dumpsites, military waste, hospital waste,the big plant nursery, and some forms of farming such as the blueberry farm up the road from my picture, that may be leaching underground,…………

I tried to obtain local hydrology maps to study the underground water flow in specific areas out here. I called the municipal office, who informed me I might try the library as they do not have hydrology maps. Hmmmm…….. sound right to you? Aside from the fact that the municiplity should have them in their engineering deptartment, these maps should be at the library as a matter of public record. I put my name on the list at the library over a year ago as these maps were out when I went to see them. They never returned to the library last I had checked, and an environmental consultant informed me that I may have to go through an engineering firm to view them, and they do not have to oblige. This surprises many out here, as this is not the way this particular scenario should unfold.

There is an old National Geographic magazine with an interesting article called Water: Our most precious resource.” Have we learned nothing?! This article is from the August 1980 issue, V0l.158, NO.2. On page 150-151 is an artist’s rendering graph of the United States with the top layers of the earth removed, showing what water is below the earth’s surface. It is surprising to see just how much water is under there. Until one sees it mapped out, one may not be able to get an accurate mental picture of the extent of the water located below the surface of the earth’s crust. Amazing!

However, in the context of what I have been focusing on, this is a “disturbing” realization, as the things I am focused on travel with the help of the water. That means they could be in places that have no visible connection to other water bodies, by way of underground travel. I do know that I live in a part of the world
with an extremely abundant underground water supply. What is unknown is how much of it is no longer safe for consumption, irrigation, or other uses or exposures by humans, widlife from the largest to the very microscopic, and/or vegetation. The fact that answers to that very question are so difficult to get probably comes close to answering these questions in general.

Recently someone locally alledged that the municipal water supply is contributing to the escalating cancer rates in this area. This person is not identified in the article. Of coarse the article claims the water was tested and is just fine. LOL. Curious as to what spurned this person to go public with this ascertion, and thinking this person and I might have information of interest to each other, I called the newspaper and asked if the reporter who did the story would pass my name and phone number on to the person who made this allegation. The reporter, who does indeed know who I am, refused to pass my contact info on to this person. She went on to ask me the dumbest question: ” So, Kathy, are you saying there IS something wrong with the water?” I do not quite understand what the point of asking me pointedly what she already knew was, but she did. I answered honestly that “I am saying that there is a problem with the water, yes”. She promptly cut me off. What was that all about?

Here is that article:

Mission’s drinking water is safe

By Carol Aun – Mission City Record – February 21, 2008

Mission residents can rest assured the water coming out of their taps is safe.

About five months ago the district sought information on cancer rates with regard to drinking water based on a request from a local citizen, explained Coun. John Pearson, who is also chair of the Mission-Abbotsford water sewer commission.

The report, which was received a couple of weeks ago from the Fraser Health Authority, indicated cancer rates in Mission are higher than the provincial average, but it’s not because of the water.

The cause is likely due to lifestyle and the higher rate of people who smoke.

Abbotsford receives water from the same source as Mission (Norrish Creek), but has a lower cancer rate. The health authority also took into account residents living in the northern parts of the municipality are serviced by Cannell Lake, but noted the water supply is similar to Norrish Creek.

“Disinfection byproducts in drinking water have been linked to increased risk of getting bladder and colonorectal cancer,” states a report from public health inspector Blair Choquette.

“Disinfection byproducts are produced when water that contains organic materials is disinfected, as the result of the disinfecting reacting with the organic material. The less organic material water contains lower levels of disinfection byproducts that are formed.”

According to stats from the B.C. Cancer Agency, Mission has a higher rate of bladder and lung cancer than Abbotsford, but has a similar rate of colonorectal cancer.

Bladder cancer is associated with smoking and with high intake of disinfection byproducts, and lung cancer is strongly associated with smoking, but very weakly, if at all, associated with any intake of disinfection byproducts.

Many factors contribute to colonorectal cancer, including obesity, a diet high in red meat, and smoking.

Pearson noted people regularly inquire about water safety.

“The water is safe,” said Pearson. “It’s pretty clear from the stats the water is safe, but if you smoke, your risk of cancer increases a lot.”

Mission’s water supply is tested each month at various locations.

Here is the link to the above article:

I once tried to get water test results for this area. I was sent by each municipal body to another, who sent me to another, who sent me to another. A ccording to this process, no one had any water monitoring and/or test results of any kind. A letter of complaint accompanied by all these responses sent to the information commissioner’s office yielded one water monitoring facility. These test results included absolutely nothing of a microbiological nature, and were very basic in so far as the elements tested for. A very common pattern. Not much there. Definately not what I very specifically asked for, which was microbiological analysis. There was nothing of the nature of what I requested in my very clearly worded request. So one can say 1. there is no testing being done for any microbiological or secondary metabolite presence, 2. there is testing being done for microbiological or secondary metabolite presence but I did not receive it although I specifically officially requested it.

Both 1 and 2 present a problem which is not being rectified, and does persist as a barrier to this day. This needs to be addressed, and part of the solution is for the public to become well versed in how to gather accurate knowledge around what “should” be present on a water testing document for the area it refers to. This is a huge piece of “the problem”, and probably the biggest reason that the failure to fully inform the public persists as it does. I have seen testing data that skillfully avoided testing for the elements in question. If the data was ever there, it was omitted before it got to the where I saw it. This is not a simple problem to solve as the missing data is missing in the name of protecting corporate economic bottom lines.

But the price we are beginning to pay will by far out distance in sickness, death, and economic losses any gain realised during the preceeding windfall.

This area is starting to remind me of a well documented location in the United States referred to as the Dead Zone. The better known Dead Zone is in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of agricultural runoff, everything is dying. The dead spot is growing on it’s own. Once the dead spot is created, it keeps expanding outward, and the area that is dead continues to increase in size.

Here are links to Dead Zone info:

This could be beginning here. In my conversations with some in the scientific community here, I discover I am not alone in this hypothesis.

There is a joke out here about one of our media outlets being the provincial premiere’s personal misinformation campagne representatives. I have to say, in my experience over the past 6 or so years, even the most well intentioned media person when it comes to this topic can be persuaded (ultimatimed) to abandon ship short of completion of a project. As one reporter informed me, there was both political and corporate pressure to “leave it alone”. Another in private discussion informed me that they would never be allowed to do a story on my work as it is outlined here in my blog posts. Yet another reporter shared with me how they were forced by their editors to censor the content of their story on this topic (water it down). This enraged the reporter who however could only comply or have no story printed at all. One naturally has to ask themselves why?

Question: Who do the media outlets in your area represent the interests of?

Pectinatella Magnifica, a.k.a. “The Blob” Entry for February 08, 2008

I thought this was so fascinating and interesting that I saw fit to include it here. I found this in my travels and had a very difficult time getting it identified. I did finally find a retired assistant Dean in the United States who knew what it was. I have included an article which makes mention of him here. Up to that point, I referred to it as: “The Blob”. I found this specimen in a lake being threatened by an excess nutrient load. A perfect environment for such a creature to flourish.

Now knowing that it is a rare find, I am glad I took a lot of pictures of it. That is why I put it here. Lots of people would never see or hear of it that might now see and become familiar with it here. It actually has relevance to my focus as well. Here is a link to a website that touches on both the orange slime water and the blob:

Below are excerpts from my queries regarding this blob on a university hort board where I also discovered the queries of others in regard to the orange slime water I am so familiar with. Here is the link to go see the entire thread thread:

Old September 25th, 2007
Location: Lower Fraser Valley, Canada
Re: Alien jelly

I have seen a lot of this jelly and have a ton of pics of it, but here is one for the books! What on earth is this? That is where I found it, but could only find one. It was attached to a plant in shallow water. It had seeds, not eggs embedded in it. Has anyone seen anything like this? I have been unable to find anyone who knows what it is.
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Old September 26th, 2007
Location: Lower Fraser Valley, Canada

Here are the seeds as I call them in the jelly I posted which as you can see in the previous post are all gone. What is the insect looking back at you from inside this jelly mass? Does anyone know?
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Old September 26th, 2007
Location: Lower Fraser Valley, Canada

Re: My jelly Blob: It is called Pectinatella magnifica. It is in fact a live organism, and here it is in it’s death stage, normal for this time of year.
Retired assistant Dean of U. of Mass. recognized and identified it. I researched it, and sure enough that is it. It is interesting to research. Has a fossil history of 500 million years, lives in fresh water, and is rare. Is also supposed to be vulnurable to contamination but I found a interesting research article that mentions it’s strong ability to mutate, which could explain how it has survived 500 million years of evolution. It would not likely be harmed by waters containing excess nutrients either as this would feed it.
The “seeds” as I called them are ‘statoblasts”, which are seed colonies of future generations. They will emerge next season.
The insect peering back at us is the only unanswered question here now.

Here is an interesting website with some really cool pictures of this creature found in the US:
And here is the article I mentioned at the top of this page:

Tim Wood on Bryozoa

Subject: Pectinatella magnifica
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 09:33:45 -0500 (EST)
From: TWOOD@

Hello, Dick! Thanks for your inquiry about Pectinatella. I also read your
very interesting account on the web. Welcome to bryozoans!!

The 70-page book you mentioned deals with Ohio bryozoans in general with a
small section on Pectinatella. Unfortunately, it not in electronic format,
although I could mail you a copy along with other papers and articles about
the species. It may depend on how much detail you’d like about life history,
ecology, genetics, histology, etc.

Pectinatella magnifica is a true North American species, first reported from
Massachusetts in 1866. Current records for the state are maintained by Doug
Smith, Zoology Department, 348 Morrill Science Center, University of Massachu-
setts, Amherst, MA 01003-5810. Tel. (413) 545-1956. Email: dgsmith@bio.umass.
edu. PMAG (as we call it here) was reported from eastern Texas in the early
1980’s, has crossed the Pacific to Japan and recently invaded Korea. In Japan
the colonies are described as reaching the size of a large sheep.

Bryozoans in general, and PMAG in particular, removed large quantities of
suspended material from the water, including both suspended algae and
inorganic clay/silt. If colonies are abundant in the lake this year they
could well be responsible for at least some of the water transparency.

Pectinatella populations rise and fall. A large number of colonies this year
does not mean you will see them at all next year. Statoblasts do not survive
freezing very well. Normally they attach to free clumps of algae or other
debris which then sinks to the bottom in the fall. The following spring as
that material decays the statoblasts are released to bob back to the surface
and germinate. (At least that’s the current overwintering theory). An early
summer generation produces quantities of “larvae,” which are actually little
ciliated colonies looking a lot like miniature blimps. These are free-swimming
for 2-24 hours, then settle on a suitable substrate and establish new colonies
for a late summer statoblast-producing generation.

Most freshwater bryozoan grow directly on submerged surfaces, which can soon
become crowded with attached animals. Pectinatella makes its own substrate
with that massive gelatinous core so enormous numbers of zooids can lodge
on small twigs. The slimy surface with its distinctive odor is thought to
repel potential predators, although very little is actually known about that

All the best,
Dr. Timothy S. Wood
Department of Biological Sciences
Wright State University
Dayton, OH 45435
Tel: (937) 775-2542; Fax: (937) 775-3320

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