Those ponds perform two functions. First, when you pave an area, water runs off faster and doesn’t soak in. The pond catches the water and releases it slowly so that you don’t have a huge shock to the river. The pond will tend to be subject to sudden changes in water level, which can be dangerous.
Second, as water runs through the streets and storm drains, it picks up all sorts of pollutants, like oil, dog crap, dissolved metals (lead, mercury, etc), bacteria and viruses (such as E.coli and others) and other industrial chemicals and whatnot. The pond is designed to trap these things so that they don’t reach the river. So basically the pond is a stew of things you don’t want on your skin.
Additionally, there is some risk of cross-contamination from the sanitary sewer system (that’s the toilet waste one). And finally, any water body designated for swimming within a city is monitored for bacteria, etc and signs are posted to close the beach if it’s unsafe. Retention ponds are not monitored, so you don’t know if there are dangerous levels of bacteria or algae growth or any of the other stuff water picks up in the streets.
Yep, yep. They’re the only band I’ve ever seen three times.
Black Girls is one of my absolute favorites. Well, almost all their songs are…but everything’s completely in the pocket the first half and then the second half goes into this chaotic jam session with each instrument taking a turn. I love that all the instruments are familiar but carry a fresh, almost sexual connotation and/or frustration.
And then the third verse lyrics…they were the first time I heard something racially negative about white boys coming from a white boy. :D
i’ve really grown up. matured. this was literally was a goal for some buddies and myself. we wanted to be able to stink something up so bad people puked. we concocted special meals, almost all of it bean-based, in order to further our cause. anyone out here on tcr! want to guess how old i was? your first 2 guesses don’t count.