03 Jul '11, 2pm

24,000 Beach Closings and Advisories for 2010: Going to the beach is one of the most popular summer activi...

24,000 Beach Closings and Advisories for 2010: Going to the beach is one of the most popular summer activi...

Going to the beach is one of the most popular summer activities, but according to the National Resources Defense Council’s new report on polluted beaches, you should be careful which ones you visit. Senior citizens, children and people with weakened immune systems might be more at risk. Since the beginning of the Gulf oil disaster there have been nearly 9,500 oil-related beach notices. Normally oil issues are not the main culprit in beach advisories or closings, it is bacterial pollution. Almost 75% of the beach closings and notices from last year were due to contamination from improperly treated sewage and stormwater runoff. Although most beach visitors don’t get sick, potential illnesses from contaminated beaches are skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections, meningitis and hepatitis. Three southern Calfornia beaches were among the worst in the country: Avalon Beach o...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/24000-beach-closings-and...

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