“America’s Most Polluted Beaches: Don’t Take The
Plunge By Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer”
(https://shine.yahoo.com/summer-living/america-8217-most-polluted-beaches-don-8217-t-140000615.html; retrieved on 6-26-13) provides information that would appear essential especially if planning to go to the beach. Here are some excerpts :
“The Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) annual report card on America’s beaches, Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches, was released Wednesday morning. According to the results, based on the most recent findings in 2012, there were more than 20,000 beach closings and advisory days. Eighty percent of those were because of harmful levels of bacteria as opposed to other factors such as dangerous weather conditions.”
Later in the article the following was written:”The report also provides a guide to America’s 200 most popular beaches. It lists their top-rated ‘Superstar’ beaches—ones that have exceptionally strong testing and safety practices, as well as the ‘Repeat Offenders’—beaches that chronically exhibit high bacteria counts.”
And the article ended in the following way:
“The NRDC’s Repeat Offenders
Avalon Beach 100 feet west of the Green Pleasure Pier (Los Angeles County)
Avalon Beach 50 feet east of the Green Pleasure Pier (Los Angeles County)
Avalon Beach 50 feet west of the Green Pleasure Pier (Los Angeles County)
Avalon Beach East of the Casino Arch at the steps (Los Angeles County)
Doheny State Beach, 1000′ South Outfall (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, 2000′ South Outfall (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, 3000′ South Outfall (Orange County
Doheny State Beach, North Beach (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, North of San Juan Creek (Orange County)
Doheny State Beach, Surfzone at Outfall (Orange County)
Poche County Beach (Orange County)
Lake Jeorse Park Beach I (Lake County)
Lake Jeorse Park Beach II (Lake County)
Beachwood Beach in (Ocean County)
Ontario Beach (Monroe County)
Lakeshore Park (Ashtabula County)
Euclid State Park (Cuyahoga County)Villa Angela State Park (Cuyahoga County)
Edson Creek (Erie County)
South Shore Beach (Milwaukee County)
The NRDC offers these tips for avoiding contamination and protecting our nation’s beaches:
- Before going to the beach, check the NRDC vacation beaches website, the EPA’s Beach Advisory and Closing On-Line Notification website, or call your local beach manager.
- Avoid beaches with visible discharge pipes. ‘The biggest reason that beaches are closed because of contamination is from storm water runoff,’ says Devine. ‘This is the slop from roadways and other hard surfaces. The thing people might not know is that it’s by and large not treated. It’s put into concrete pipes and sent into our water bodies.’
- In urban and suburban areas where there is a higher risk of contaminated runoff, avoid swimming 24 hours after a rainstorm. This is when pollution levels are most elevated. After a heavy rainfall, wait 72 hours.
- Clean up after yourself at the beach. Clean all pet waste and make sure your child wears a swim diaper if they aren’t toilet trained. Don’t leave garbage that lures sea gulls and other scavenging animals. Wild animal waste is a significant contributor to contaminated beaches.
- At your own home, direct runoff to the soil, not the street. Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead hosing down and direct your rain gutters onto soil, gravel, or grass rather than a hard surface.
If you would like to learn more about avoiding contaminated beaches and how to support programs that clean up polluted water, visit the NRDC website.”
Here are some pictures taken today by the Author at Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula, Ohio USA :
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