The bay, unsurprisingly, has a history of pollution. CNN reports that just last year, biologists announced that rivers leading into the bay were filled with a superbacteria known to cause urinary, gastrointestinal and pulmonary infections. Sounds like a great place to go for a dip... if you think the East River is a little too clean.
While the fish deaths are one concern, athletes will be traversing these waters in a little over a year. Perhaps hazmats suits will be the new Olympic uniform in 2016.
Kara King is a Thrillist intern and SoCal native. She is still trying to make sense of this strange, worldwide phenomenon called “weather.” Follow her attempts to live without all that sunshine at @karatillie.