• Olympians Are Getting Ill Training in Rio's Feces-Contaminated Water

    An independent analysis of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic water venues found hazardous levels of viruses equivalent to raw sewage.

  • How Poisonous Is the LA River?

    Finding out about an ostensibly navigable river in the middle of Los Angeles was like discovering an awesome place for carne asada tacos in China—so counterintuitive it must be true. You can even fish in the LA River, though I don't know about eating...

  • Dredging the World of New York City's Waterways

    The East River isn't just for dead bodies and the Gowanus Canal isn't just liquid poison. Since the mid-90s, small, dedicated groups of alt-sailors have been quietly reclaiming the waters. Here are some of the notable crowds and characters braving the...