Atlantic Salmon Return to Paris

August 12, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

For a river where swimmers are occasionally arrested and sent to the hospital to be checked for contamination, the Seine has staged a remarkable comeback. According to Charles Bremner in the London Times, the return of Atlantic salmon shows that decades of effort to clean up Paris’s famed waterways is working. “Not so long ago, the Seine was connected to the famed sewers that the writer Victor Hugo called ‘a world of slime without human form.’ Efforts have been made in the past 30 years to end the fouling of the Seine with organic pollution and chemical run-off from industry and agriculture.”