From the park gate to the water’s edge at Anderson Lake, there are now a dozen bright red warning signs and two posters explaining the dangers of cyanobacteria and other lake-borne toxins.
The starting horn rings out. The Russian National Anthem plays. The crowd cheers as the boats take off, powered by wind and by paddle. They race out past Point Hudson and then… they’re gone.
Imagine calling 911 to report a medical emergency, literally a matter of life or death, and being told by a dispatcher that help is on the way, only to be told by fire and emergency services that they never received your call.