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Researcher: As students leave, drug levels in lake change



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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A university researcher says a Burlington sewage plant is sending water with high levels of pharmaceuticals into a northwestern Vermont lake.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1RW0hzS ) University of Vermont environmental science research professor Christine Vatovec found that sewage flowing into Lake Champlain had lower antiviral levels and higher ulcer medication levels after college students left town

Tens of thousands of people get drinking water from Lake Champlain.

Pharmaceutical buildup has been discovered in fish brains. Behavioral changes have also been observed in zooplankton.

A federal hydrologist says the overall pharmaceutical concentrations in the lake are very low.

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