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Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
Montrose Forced To Change
Change to Public Water Treatment Process
August 7, Montrose: On July 31, 2014, the Project
7 Water Authority(P7) stopped supplementing
fluoride in treated drinking water. The City of Mon-
trose distributes P7 treated drinking water within
its water district and wishes to inform customers of
this change in the water treatment process.
On August 25, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed
the only dry fluoride production plant in the US,
and the plant discontinued dry fluoride produc-
tion. P7 continued purchasing dry fluoride from this
US source until remaining supplies were depleted.
With existing P7 dry fluoride supplies dwindling, P7
Plant Manager Adam Turner investigated alternative
product sources and discovered that only Chinese-
manufactured dry fluoride was available. Con-
cerned with the quality control practices of chemical
manufacturers in China, the P7 Board of Directors
unanimously approved the discontinuation of P7
drinking water fluoridation when the existing supply
of US-sourced dry fluoride product was exhausted.
The decision to end fluoridation of treated
drinking water was based solely on the inabili-
ty to obtain dry fluoride from a reliable source
and in no way challenges consumer opinions
regarding dental health benefits related to
Fluoride exists naturally in local raw water sources
that supply the P7 water treatment plant. The dry
fluoride formerly added to treated drinking water
merely supplemented naturally occurring fluoride
levels. A variety of products are available to individ-
uals wishing to continue fluoride supplementation.
These include certain tooth pastes, mouth wash
products, and fluoride rinses. Individuals should
consult with their dentists prior to using these, or
More specific information about P7 is available at:
When asked by The Sunshine Express to com-
ment, Carol Kopf, Media Director of the Fluoride
Action Network replied, ¡°Many are unaware that
all fluoridation chemicals, whether they originate
in the US or China, are contaminated with lead,
arsenic and/or other toxins. All are waste products
of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing.
Further, modern science has disproved mistaken
theories that launched fluoridation in 1945. Fluoride
is not a nutrient and not required for healthy teeth.
Fluoride is a drug with serious adverse health ef-
fects. See: www.FluorideAction.Net/issues/health
The water supply should never be used to de-
liver drugs in unregulated doses to everyone
regardless of health, age, weight and need.
The CDC reports that 41% of adolescents suffer
from fluoride overdose tooth defects - dental fluo-
rosis (white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted
teeth). The CDC also admits that topical fluoride
application may harden the outer tooth enamel but
swallowing fluoride delivers risks with no benefit to
toothless babies and adults.
Fluoride can damage kidney patients, the
thyroid gland, bones, those who drink lots
of water and others. But the most critical
adverse effect emerging from the scientific
literature is fluoride¡¯s link to brain dam-
age. Over 100 animal studies and 45+
human studies link fluoride to brain defi-
cits including children¡¯s lower IQ, even at
levels found in US water supplies.
Fluoride is in virtually all foods and bever-
ages due to processing with fluoridated
water, fluoride-containing pesticide resi-
dues and naturally occurring fluoride (e.g.
tea and ocean fish). So no American, low-
income or not, is ¡°fluoride-deficient.¡± In
fact, low-income children, especially those
with poor diets, need to be protected the
most from fluoride¡¯s toxic effects.¡±
* Most developed nations do not fluoridate
their water. In western Europe only 3%
of the population consumes fluoridated
* While 25 countries have water fluorida-
tion programs, 11 of these countries have
less than 20% of their population consum-
ing fluoridated water.
* Only 11 countries in the world have
more than 50% of their population drink-
ing fluoridated water.
* There are more people drinking fluori-
dated water in the United States than the
rest of the world combined!
Extensive Survey Shows Pika Populations
Thrive In Colorado
The pika, the cutest and toughest little critter in
the Rockies, appears to be thriving throughout
Colorado¡¯s high country.
While news stories have circulated in the past
few years that pikas are disappearing from the
landscape, Colorado Parks and Wildlife research-
ers have found populations are well distributed
throughout Colorado¡¯s mountains.
¡°In their primary habitat, mainly at and above
timberline where there is lots of talus, we find
pikas almost everywhere we look,¡± explained
Amy Seglund, a species conservation biologist for
Parks and Wildlife based in Montrose.
Seglund conducted a major research project to
determine the health of pika populations in Colo-
rado in 2008. Her field crew surveyed 62 histori-
cal locations across the state to determine the
presence of pikas. The Pikas were found in more
than 90% of those sites. In the spots where pi-
kas were not found the habitat was unsuitable.
Since the original surveys were completed, more
than 900 occupied sites have been documented
by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
¡°We were even finding them in these little talus
areas and at lower elevations where I never
guessed pika would have lived,¡± she said.
Pikas are hardy critters that weigh just 4 ounces.
Colorado Pikas Doing Well
They spend the warm months gathering
vegetation that will sustain them through the
winter. Pikas do not hibernate.
A 1990 study
showed that the
of their ¡®haystacks¡¯
is 61 pounds; and
that in a 10-week
time period one
pika will make
trips, 25 per hour,
to secure its food
stash. Still not
impressed? Well, to
sustain all that work, they must fill their bellies
nine times a day to keep up their energy.
In the summary of her study, published in
2010, Seglund wrote, ¡°Though the climate may
be changing in the Southern Rocky Mountains,
it currently appears that climate conditions in
the state fall into the realm of temperature and
precipitation cycles appropriate for maintaining
healthy pika populations and distribution.¡±
Partly based on Seglund¡¯s research, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to list the
pika under the Endangered Species Act.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues ongoing
monitoring of pika populations and their habi-
tats at 30 established sites around the state.
¡°The suggestion that pika were in trouble in
the West is what spurred our research,¡± Se-
glund said. ¡°This was a very important study
that helped us establish a clear picture of the
current state of pika populations. Global warm-
ing will present challenges for many animal
species, but our study shows that Colorado¡¯s
pika populations, for now, are in good shape.¡±
For more information about Colorado¡¯s wildlife
species, see: cpw.state.co.us