This year, the Canal St. Martin was drained for the first time in 14 years in order to clean up debris in the canal. The Canal itself boasts a rich history being built under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1825. While the history itself is amazing, what they found in the canal is even more incredible.
Once the canal was drained it looked like a bicycle graveyard with old rusted-out bikes strewn about the floor of the canal. Bikes were only the beginning of what a local loan office-worker called a "giant dustbin."
Some of the junk could be chalked up to people accidentally losing their possessions in the canal. No one in their right mind would purposely toss a couple hundred dollar smartphone into a canal for fun.
Celia Blauel, the deputy mayor in charge of the environment for Paris, is hoping that if everyone does their part to keep the canal clean, people will be able to swim in it in a few years. While the relics of the canal were intriguing to say the least, hopefully people will learn from what they saw and not use it as a trash can in the future.