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Ocean Trash Comes Home to Roost: America’s Sick Beaches

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:33 AM
July 18, 2011

 Across the nation, beaches in the United States are more polluted than ever.  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) advises local authorities to close many beach areas as they are dangerously polluted.  While sources of bad bacteria vary, most comes from storm-water runoffs, poorly or non-treated discharges from sewage treatment plants, impurities from sanitary sewers, septic systems and decayed wildlife––along with beach campers who make the sands their private toilets and industrial chemicals and other deadly discards (pesticides, agricultural,  industrial waste, etc.) that corporate trash collectors have dumped illegally in oceans for years.  Some of these corruptions now ride waves back home to roost.  

 According to Noaki Schwartz of the Associated Press, this year’s NRDC Report used data from 3,000 locations across the United States in order to report that: “beaches are often closed because monitoring services detect the presence of bacteria [indicating] pathogens—microscopic organisms from human and animal wastes that pose a threat to human health.”  Although some suspect the dangers trace back to last year’s BP oil spill, NRDC says this usually is not the case. 

 While 11 of California’s beaches had high levels of bacteria, Louisiana, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan top state-wide lists.  Health Day reporters, Randy Dotinga and Steven Reinberg, claim that in 2010 “the most frequently  contaminated beaches in 2010 was the Great Lakes––15 percent of water samples violated public health standards.”  On the other hand, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Hawaii and Virginia had the cleanest beaches.  Those wishing to see test results for their area should check with the 21st annual Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches.

 Infested beaches can cause serious illnesses including gastrointestinal and respiratory sicknesses, stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, ear/nose/throat problems, dysentery, hepatitis, neurological disorders, etc.  Nancy Stoner, NRDC’s water program co-director, advises beach goers not to “swim after a heavy rainfall. Wait at least 24 hours,” as heavy rains carry pollutants from dirty storm water and overflowing sewage into streams and rivers.  Of course, eventually those ill-fed waters soon make their way to seas––which may eventually bring them back.

 So clad the young in Christian childrens t-shirts to wear in swimming pools, not in public beaches.  Of course, this blog notes repeatedly that if it were not for Global Warming, there would not be so much excess rain to overburden drainage systems.  And Earth End writers often expose the horrors of trash, plastics and chemicals corporate waste controllers have dumped in the world’s seas for decades.  Psalms 69: 34 explains that God made seas to praise him––”Let the heaven and earth praise Him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein,” not to receive man’s trash.  No wonder the seas send man’s trash back home to roost!

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