Front Range

Muddy Waters

Should we be cooling off in the South Platte River?

July 2013

We regularly hear how polluted Denver’s South Platte River is—and yet, on summer days, the waterway is packed with kids, dogs, and kayakers. Are we all just in denial? Jon Novick, environmental scientist at the Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH), says citizens are exposing themselves to myriad contaminants during these adventures. Here’s what you need to know before you consider splashing around.