Should the National Park Service Drain the Capitol Reflecting Pool to Save Birds?
If you were a duck flying over Washington, D.C., you just might think the Capitol Reflecting Pool would be a pretty good place to splash down upon to give your weary wings a break. Unfortunately, it seems as if that murky pool of water has turned into a deadly disease-carrying environment for waterfowl.
So deadly has the pool become -- more than 40 ducks have died there in the past two weeks due to avian botulism -- that it's been suggested that the National Park Service drain the pool during the warm summer months when conditions for the disease are ripe.
"The least expensive route for the taxpayer would be to simply drain those pools during the summer months and fill them throughout the rest of the year," Park Service spokesman Bill Line told the Washington Examiner. "It's an idea, nothing more than that. No decision has been made whatsoever."
Draining the reflecting pool would be the simplest and least costly solution. A more technical and expensive approach would be to install a recycling system. No decision has been made yet.
The same problem does not seem to be occurring nearby at the Reflecting Pool that shimmers beneath the Washington Monument.