Readers Digest reports: There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned swimming hole to beat the heat this summer. Here’s where to find the best spots all across the country. Madison Blue Spring, Florida This naturally-fed spring lives up to its name: The water is crystal blue and oh-so-inviting. Now a state park, the 25-foot deep swimming hole is located inside a lovely woodland next to the Withlacoochee River in northern Florida. If you’re brave, you can even cave dive into the
KGW reports: In Mayor Ted Wheeler’s proposed city budget released this week, there’s an interesting $158,000 line item in the park bureau budget: Build a swimming beach under the west side of the Marquam Bridge. The idea is to get more people access to the water on warm days. The city says the river is safe, just don’t drink the water. To get people to love the Willamette again, and not just view it as industrial, Mayor Ted Wheeler has talked about turning Poetry Beach, into
WBUR reports: When you think of the Charles River, a lot of things come to mind. But probably not, say, the backstroke. However, that changed Saturday morning. It has been unthinkable for decades but members of the general public actually swam in the Charles near the Hatch Shell in Boston. Recreational swimming in the river has not been legal since the 1950s, when it was banned because the Charles was so polluted. A lot of work and about $500 million have been spent on cleani
From the Hudson Reporter: Dreaming of swimming in the Hudson River?
Local sewerage authority must start action plan for cleaner waterways Don’t look now, but the Hudson River is on the mend. Marine biologists have reported resurgent oyster populations on the piers of western Manhattan, and humpback whales are returning to New York Bay in droves. No longer is the Hudson a mere receptacle for industrial waste and double-crossed mafiosi. Unfortunately for the residents of Hudson
The official advice is to go ahead and jump in – but hold your nose! Just how serious a threat to health are these deadly amoebas? Why are they so harmful? Should you keep your children out of the water? According to SHOTS NPR’S Health Blog, although infection is very rare, swimmers have a 1 in 10,000,000 chance of dying from the infection. In the UK the risk of death from Weil’s disease is 1 in 20,000,000, and for many that means that wild swimming is just too dangerous to c
As many as a thousand children die in the USA each year due to swimming injuries. Simple precautions such as assigning one adult to watch over children in the pool or lake, teaching children not to dive into shallow water, to bathe in pairs and never swim alone add up to a common sense and a life saving formula. more… #SwimmingSafety #USA #WildSwimming