Remember when Brazil absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt was going to clean up 80% of the trash and sewage in Guanabara Bay in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics? Remember how they boldly pledged a “full regeneration” of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon?
Well, according to a new Outside the Lines report, not gonna happen. Insufficient cleanup efforts have been largely cosmetic, focusing on surface trash while raw sewage still flows freely into the Bay. An ongoing Associated Press investigation found “frightening levels of bacterial and viral contamination at and around Olympic venues.”