Venice Canals are Clear in Italy

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Kay Yan, Staff Reporter

The outbreak in Italy has touched people’s hearts, but at the same time, the water in the canals of Venice have become clear.  The Venice canal is clear once again because right now a large number of human water activities, coupled with the weather factors, and the Venice canal always being muddy, is no longer happening due to the coronavirus. Now, however, with no tourists and locals forced to stay at home, the canal is almost empty.

The canal water is now seen as rippling, with swans, ducks, fish, and dolphins returning to the water. Surprised people shared photos on social media, and a social media account called Venezia Pulita (clean Venice) accepting submissions, with one retweet saying, “I’ve lived in Venice for 20 years and I’ve never seen the canal this clear.” A spokesman for the mayor’s office told CNN: “the water is clear because there is less water traffic and the silt and debris at the bottom of the river is not disturbed.” He also noted that Venice’s air quality has improved because there are fewer pedestrians and fewer boats for traffic. 

The outbreak in Italy has touched people’s hearts, but at the same time, the water in the canals of Venice have become clear. Hopefully the world will get better and better so we can see the animals for ourselves.