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Beach Closed? It’s Because There’s Too Much Poop In The Water

28/06/2013

Refreshing! A new report on beach closings finds that raw sewage is the number one cause keeping you out of the water this summer. (...)
Refreshing! A new report on beach closings finds that raw sewage is the number one cause keeping you out of the water this summer. Hidden in that grossness is a not-totally-obvious argument for more green infrastructure. Just in time for summer, the Natural Resources Defense Council has reminded us why polluted beachwater could give you pinkeye. The NRDC released its annual beach water quality report on Wednesday, and for the third year in a row found that beach closing days in 2012 topped 20,000 nationwide. Eighty-three percent of those closings were because of heightened bacteria levels in the water as a result of human or animal waste. This isn’t new news, unfortunately. Stormwater runoff has been a persistent contaminant in our waterways at more than 10 trillion gallons a year—and the gut bacteria detected can come from human bathrooms, in addition to all the pet poop that gets flushed down drains from the impermeable sidewalk.Read Full Story     Refreshing! A new report on beach closings finds that raw sewage is the number one cause keeping you out of the water this summer. Hidden in that grossness is a not-totally-obvious argument for more green infrastructure. Just in time for summer, the Natural Resources Defense Council has reminded us why polluted beachwater could give you pinkeye. The NRDC released its annual beach water quality report on Wednesday, and for the third year in a row found that beach closing days in 2012 topped 20,000 nationwide. Eighty-three percent of those closings were because of heightened bacteria levels in the water as a result of human or animal waste. This isn’t new news, unfortunately. Stormwater runoff has been a persistent contaminant in our waterways at more than 10 trillion gallons a year—and the gut bacteria detected can come from human bathrooms, in addition to all the pet poop that gets flushed down drains from the impermeable sidewalk.Read Full Story    
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