No, that’s not milk or illicit discharge into the Maumee near the Clinton street bridge. There are several natural sulfur spring locations in Defiance, including three near the confluence. Sulfur is naturally occurring and is NOT considered pollution.
Sulfur Springs General Info:
Sulfur is a mineral naturally occurring near hot springs and volcanic craters. Water from these springs appears either yellow-brownish or milky and emits a strong smell of rotten eggs. The odor is caused by sulfur dioxide gas escaping into the air.
Sulfur has been used medicinally since ancient times, and it is contained in every cell in your body. It is a component of three different amino acids (the building blocks that make up protein). Approximately 0.25 percent of your total body weight is sulfur. It is most concentrated in keratin, which gives you strong hair, nails, and skin.
The minerals in the water have positive therapeutic effects on skin disease, women’s diseases, asthma, neuralgia, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism and shoulder, neck and wrist pains; they also have a detoxifying and mucolytic effect. Limited oral intake can improve conditions such as constipation and diabetes; however, a doctor should always be consulted first.