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We Want A Clean Beach!


Photo Credit: Serge Freeman

It’s July and everyone is heading to the beach.  However, it’s getting hard to avoid beaches that have had a closure due to poor water quality, which would have a harmful effect on our health and a harmful effect on the environment as well.  

For example, Avalon Beach, a popular beach-front tourist destination located in Southern California, was pinned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as one of the 10 most polluted beaches in the United States.  Starting in 1999 when weekly water quality testing was sanctioned by the state, water quality at Avalon Beach has been under the microscope after poor results were found.  Since then, it has been found that the cause of this is human sewage.  Not only does this raise huge health and environmental issues for living things in and out of the water, but also economic issues, as tourism is a main industry in Avalon Beach.  Recently, the city has announced a $5.1 million dollar plan to fix the sewage system.

With tourist towns like Avalon Beach on the radar of polluted beaches, what other popular beaches are on the top 10 worst beaches for water quality?  And how can we make sure the beaches with the good quality water stay that way? Stay informed and volunteer for local stream teams that test local water quality.

Also?  Protect yourself and your family by heeding signs that have closed the beach for the day.  No need to ruin summertime with a nice ear infection.

Read more about Avalon Beach here. Or find out more about local beaches here.

Frankie Victoria

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