Lincoln Memorial Will Be Drained After Having Deadly Consequences for Ducks

Faith Castro
June 11, 2017

The culprit is a parasite that grows in snails that live in the pool, said park service spokesman Mike Litterst.

People visiting the pool should not be alarmed however as the parasite is not unsafe to humans.

Chemical treatments reportedly won't take care of the problem and as a result, the pool will be drained and cleaned. It could be related to the recent spell of hot weather or the fact that the pool was not drained and cleaned during the off-season this year, as has been done in the past. Crews will begin cleaning the bottom of the pool on Tuesday and all cleaning will be finished on Friday.

NPS says humans who come in contact with the parasite could develop "swimmer's itch" (cercarial dermatitis), an allergic reaction in the form of a skin rash.

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The National Park Service hopes to refill the Washington, D.C. pool by June 19.

The rectangular pool has been the backdrop to historic events, most notably the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The pool is slated to be drained starting Sunday to eradicate the parasite that sickened the ducks from May 20 to May 21, a press release from the National Parks Service said.

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