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Dr. Richard Sauerheber
(B.A. Biology, Ph.D. Chemistry, University of CA, San Diego)
Palomar College,1140 Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
July 15, 2012

Bill Sheets
The Herald of Everett
Everett Washington

Dear Bill Sheets:

Last year was the worst year ever for Snohomish River salmon returns according to the Herald. See “Salmon Level Plummets”, Herald July 14, 2012.

We flail about looking for explanations. However, we ignore the lesson learned on the Columbia River in the 1980s. Alcoa was dumping water into the Columbia at Vancouver, and the salmon were turned back. This is why the Oregon Legislature passed legislation forbidding manditory state-wide fluoridation in that state.

The typical outfall from a city which fluoridates its water at 1.0 ppm contains around 1.0 ppm fluoride, and this plume of fluoride in fresh water extends down river and out into the Sound for a considerable distance at that 1.0 ppm level. As was learned on the Columbia, a level of only 0.2 ppm fluoride in fresh water is sufficient to narcotize the salmon brain and block return to fresh water for spawning. To salmon fluoride stinks.

Salt water is itself around 1.0 ppm fluoride, however it also contains around 300 ppm calcium, which ties up and “buffers” the fluoride. In Snohomish River snowmelt water, where the calcium level is below 10 ppm calcium (an extremely low level) fluoride is very noxious to fish.


How much fluorosilicic acid is being dumped form city water supplies in central and south Snohomish County flows into the Snohomish River watershed? A lot. More than 99% of fluoridated water goes straight down the drain and directly to the filtration plant and the outfall. Sewer plant filtration does not filter out fluoride, and so it ends up in the Snohomish River and in Puget Sound.

Everett remains behind the times while the country is waking up to the harmful effects of drinking water fluoridation.


See the YouTube interview with environmentalist Brent Foster.

In 2009 when Sacramento began for the first time to infuse fluorosilicic acid directly into the Sacramento River, it was only a year later when there was a total collapse of salmon runs. It hit statewide news like a bombshell. The entire Sacramento River salmon fishing industry was out of work.

I wrote to Pacific Fisheries and the city of Sacramento with my complaints, but it was all to no avail. The city remains fluoridated, and the Sacramento salmon fishing industry is dead.

I had volunteers collect water samples above the discharge outlet and downriver from the outlet for testing. The conclusion I reached was that the discharge water that shoots out like a rapid-fired torpedo across the narrow River created a 1 ppm fluoride barrier to the salmon.

The same thing may be occurring in the Snohomish River, where increasing outflows of fluoridated water create a barrier to salmon passage.

Everett discharges some 250 gallons per day of 23% fluorosilicic acid into drinking water, which after sewer processing is dumped into the soft, low calcium water of the Snohomish River. The burden of proof should be on the fluoridationists to prove that the salmon run collapse has nothing at all to do with these fluoride infusions. Fluoride is indestructible and cannot hide in the River or somehow be metabolized or neutralized.

We urge you to do responsible investigative journalism and report in depth on the efffects of industrial fluoride on salmon.  It is absurd to continue so-called fluoridation with industiral fluoride waste, while at the same time these salmon are listed as protected species and we must take extraordinary measures to protect them, including raising them in hatcheries.


Richard Sauerheber, Ph.D. Chemistry
Dr. Richard Sauerheber
(B.A. Biology, Ph.D. Chemistry, University of CA, San Diego)
Palomar College,1140 Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069

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