Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trump will 'Drain the Swamp' at Lincoln Memorial

So far, this is the only "drain the swamp" we have seen at Interior.

 The National Park Service announced it will drain and clean the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, after a water-borne parasite killed approximately 80 ducks there since May 20. The service said Friday that postmortem examinations done on the ducks by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center suggested that their deaths were caused by "high levels of parasites that develop and grow in snails that live in the pool." Chemical treatments alone aren't sufficient to reduce the parasite and snail population, it said, so the service needs to drain and clean the pool. In addition to killing ducks, the parasite - known as a schistosome - can cause swimmer's itch in humans, which is also called cercarial dermatitis. The CDC explains that the microscopic parasites "are released from infected snails into fresh and salt water (such as lakes, ponds, and oceans). While the parasite's preferred host is the specific bird or mammal, if the parasite comes into contact with a swimmer, it burrows into the skin causing an allergic reaction and rash."...more

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