Polluted Beach Warnings up 29%

I live at the beach, and I have never been in it. It’s true. I will look at it. I will sit on the sand. Sure is pretty from a distance. But I will not go in it. The reason? Well, the water is brown and it has a lot of garbage in it when you look up close at it. If I go up or down the coast, the water seems to be fine. But here, in my neighborhood, the water does not look so good. This past weekend, when everyone and their mother came down to the beach there were thousands of people in the water. And from a distance I watched them, thinking “I wouldnt do that if I were you.” So, the following story comes as no surprise, really. I wish it werent true, but I see if with my own eyes:

“We Americans love our beaches and coastlines, but it seems we’re able to enjoy them less and less. The number of beach warnings issued nationwide increased by 29% from 2004 to 2005, based on statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of these warnings were due to excess fecal bacteria in the water. Now scientists say we’re making the problem worse by paving over land that would otherwise filter out such pollution before it reaches oceans and lakes.”

Source: ScienCentral Video News: Fouled Beaches

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