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Shireen Gonzaga (
Wed, 9 Feb 2000 14:44:44 -0800 (PST)

World Wire
Restrictions needed to clean up Oregon creek
Wednesday, February 9, 2000
By Scott Maben, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

Amazon Creek is no pristine waterway.

Spawned from springs in Eugene's south hills, it carts
off just about anything dumped or flushed into the
streets for most of the city south of the Willamette

Pet and wildlife feces, detergents, oil, paint
thinner, pesticides and countless other substances,
toxic or benign - the Amazon accepts it all as it
flows out of town through wildlife-rich wetlands on
its way to a popular summer getaway for swimmers,
boaters and anglers.

Once a shallow, meandering stream, the Amazon was
molded into a deeper, straighter channel in the 1950s
to provide Eugene with flood control.

For the most part, the channel's inhabitants are not
native. It sustains carp, bass and mosquito fish, all
species introduced sometime in the past century or so.

For more, see

Shireen Gonzaga
Baltimore, MD
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