US Rowing team members fall ill while in Rio

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Thirteen rowers on the 40-member U.S. team came down with stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships — a trial run for next summer's Olympics — and the team doctor said she suspected it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place.

The event took place amid rising concerns about the water quality at venues for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, now less than a year away.

On July 30, The Associated Press published an independent analysis of water quality that showed high levels of viruses and, in some cases, bacteria from human sewage in all of Rio's Olympic and Paralympic water venues, including the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where the rowing competition took place.

Going to be a fun Olympics next year..

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This is an interesting topic. The problem is nearly as bad here. While dangerous microbe pollution is off the charts in Brazilian waters, large areas of our waters are in fact unsafe. Lake Erie is a mess been being full of algae.
. Beach pollution is a problem in every coastal state. In the year 2002, beach pollution caused at least 12,184 closings and swimming advisories at ocean, bay, Great lakes, and some freshwater beaches. This pollution is hazardous to the environment, and swimming in contaminated beach waters may be dangerous to ones health. Additionally, these
closings and swimming advisories may have impacts to local economies that rely heavily on beach-goers. Beach pollution is usually infrequent or confined to local areas. Based on the number of nationwide beach closings and swimming advisories, beach pollution is a persistent problem
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Newer link. Yuck! 1 in 10 U.S. beaches unsafe for swimming


. The EPA estimated that up to 3.5 million people become ill from contact with raw sewage in swimming water each year.
"Sewage and contaminated runoff in the water should never ruin a family beach trip," Devine said. "But no matter where you live, urban slobber and other pollution can seriously compromise the water quality at your favorite beach and make your family sick."
Regionally, the Great Lakes showed the highest level of polluted beaches, followed by the Gulf Coast, New England and the West Coast. The regions with the lowest level of pollution were the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) region, the Southeast and the New York-New Jersey region. Of all the states, Ohio was the individual state with the highest rate of failure in its beaches – with seven beaches on the "repeat offender" list.
"The (Great Lakes) tend to have a lot of sources of urban pollution and urban slobber," Fleischli said. "Because lakes are basically a closed system, circulation is not as robust, so water could stagnate in those."
 
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Just a friendly reminder....the people who vote for the people who manage these Third World open sewers are virtually being invited to America by ObamaCo's criminally lax stance on illegal immigration.
 
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Just a friendly reminder....the people who vote for the people who manage these Third World open sewers are virtually being invited to America by ObamaCo's criminally lax stance on illegal immigration.
You should know money talks. Votes mean nothing when the money wants what it wants. That is a naive post.