A Boater’s Outlet employee in Utah’s Lake Powell got the surprise of his summer this week when a hungry fish left the water and decided to feast on his nipple.
Just when he thought it was safe to go back into the water…
The fish may have bigger things to worry about than not finding a nipple later today when contaminated water from a spill caused by the EPA’s cleanup mistake of the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colo. on Aug. 5 makes its way to Lake Powell:
The National Park Service issued a statement urging caution along the San Juan River, which heads toward Lake Powell, on Aug. 7. But the service has yet to release news regarding the condition of Lake Powell. The alert asks park visitors not to swim or drink in water in the San Juan River arm within Glen Canyon National Recreation Areanear Lake Powell. The lake is 250 miles away from the site of the spill.
“Most river sediments will settle out of the water when the river current slows at Lake Powell,” the statement said.
The National Park Service did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Tuesday.
Some experts believe the spill will be so diluted when it reaches Lake Powell that it won’t have the power to kill fish, though the ecological impact it will have is uncertain.