Herbicide in Chauvin Water Causing Abnormalities in Vegetable Gardens

. . . But No Health Risk to People, Says Specialist

About 60 people gathered in the Chauvin Elks Hall on Wednesday evening February 13 to hear what is being done about a herbicide that has entered the village’s drinking water supply. Village councillors and Mayor Jack Goodall (at front table) along with Jock McIntosh of Alberta Environment (standing) and representatives from Dow AgroSciences responded to concerns from the local citizens. ©Star Chronicle Photo.

Chauvin residents have noticed for several years that they can’t grow certain garden plants.
Alberta Environment pesticide specialist Jock McIntosh says he has traced the problem to the herbicide Picloram in the village’s drinking water.
Picloram, which is the active ingredient in Torodon and Grazon, has been found in two wells in the community.
McIntosh said the level of the herbicide in the water was so low (between 3 and 17 parts per billion) that it poses no threat to people drinking the water. Health Canada standards for Picloram in drinking water are 190 parts per billion.
McIntosh was speaking Wednesday night to a crowd of about 60 people who gathered in the Chauvin Elks’ Hall to hear about the issue.
McIntosh says this is the first time the herbicide has been detected in drinking water in Alberta and his concern now is to find out how it is entering the water system.
He said he is looking at the spraying practices in the area of the M.D. of Wainwright, CN and farmers in the area.

Ganser Top Gun, MVP in Canada’s Oldest Men’s Hockey League

Wes Ganser (left) of the Provost Greenhead Blades hockey club was named as the most valuable player for the Battle River Hockey League during a presentation in Provost before a playoff game recently.
Ganser also won the scoring title with most goals. He pumped in 22 goals in 22 games and had 39 assists for a total of 61 points.
President of the BRHL, Ron Chopek made the presentations to Ganser. The BRHL is Canada’s oldest operating men’s senior hockey league.
Finishing the regular season in first place is the Daysland Northstars while that team’s net minders Shawn Huber and Clinton Kosinski took this year’s top goaltenders’ award.
Top defenceman in the league was Jason McKee; rookie of the year was Darcy Gulbraa; and most gentlemanly player was Greg MacKay, (all three of Irma).
Coach of the year (voted by only other teams) was won by Marty Lawes and Mel Angeltvedt.

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