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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Get the lead out

December 17, 2007 at 06:11 PM

Here’s an excerpt from an article in the Dec. 16, 2007 Bergen Record in New Jersey.

“A shooting range along the Passaic River (in New Jersey) is polluted with high levels of lead, arsenic and cancer-causing compounds that may be reaching the river and water supplies downstream, tests performed for The (Bergen) Record show. The tests found soil at the North Jersey Clay Target Club in Fairfield contaminated with lead levels rivaling those at federal Superfund sites.

Water in a pond on the property contained more than 800 times the lead and nearly 200 times the arsenic allowed by state regulations. A ditch fed by the pond and leading to the Passaic had nearly seven times the permissible level of lead. 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission taps the river several miles downstream to supply Paterson, Passaic and other towns. While the commission said there’s no sign the water has been compromised, its director said last week that it would increase testing near the club in response to The Record’s findings.” 

Why mention this? At some point, lead in shotgun shells and fishing equipment will be banned. It’s not if, but when.

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