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Cleaning the Lagoa for Business

By Karen Shishiptorova, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – In the 70s, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake – in the heart of Zona Sul – was just another locale among thousands worldwide to undergo a steady path to decay. A victim of unplanned growth, the lake became so unmanageable that in 1970, Governor Negrão de Lima considered landfilling it completely.

Problems included mosquito infestation and fish mortality, producing a horrid foul odor. Between 2001 and 2002, the city removed nearly 300 tons of dead fish from the lake. Mortality records date back to 1854, however the situation became critical in the late . . .

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