The majority of beach closures are due to abnormally high levels of mircoorganisms and particulate matter in the beach water and surface. This is typically in direct result of sewage overflow and runoff over beaches, through storm drains, and into ocean waters. If swimmers are exposed to these pathogens in water, they are susceptible to the viruses, bacteria, and protozoa found in the sewage. This includes: gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis, cholera, and typhoid fever.
Other pollutants found on beaches are those same chemicals that are found in our ocean waters. Mercury, BPA from plastic water bottle waste, petroleum and oil byproducts, agricultural runoffs like phosphorus and nitrogen…
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