The top 10 most polluted beaches in California, according a recent study by the environmental group Heal the Bay, are:
In addition, there were 2,904 beach closures and advisory days last year in California alone. Pollution is usually worse after heavy rains, when runoff overflows storm drains, bypassing treatment plants and picking up all types of toxins and animal waist from the streets. Polluted water can cause dosens of health problems, such as: “stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, ear, nose and throat problems, dysentery, hepatitis, respiratory ailments, neurological disorders and other serious health problems,” according to The National Resources Defense Council. The best way to curb runoff is to utilize methods of absorption in urban areas; Roof-top gardens, permeable pavement, and tree boxes on sidewalks, as well as urban habitats and parks, will help water to soak into the ground instead of running into our oceans, lakes or rivers unimpeded. Global warming is also thought to worsen beach pollution through heavier rainfall and rising ocean levels, which cause storm drains and sewers to overflow. There are some great tips on helping to prevent runoff here: http://www.tiptheplanet.com/wiki/Preventing_stormwater_runoff_tips
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