There are various types of pollutants that can make the ocean unsafe to swim in, including oil, polluted rainwater, toxic materials, and trash. Swimming in polluted water can make you sick, and that would certainly put a damper on your summer plans! So be aware of your beach’s pollution status before you plan a trip this summer.
Test the Waters
You can reduce your risk of getting sick by following these tips from the Natural Resources Defense Council:
- Visit beaches that you know are being monitored for contamination and check for contamination warnings before going to a beach
- Avoid beaches that may have discharge pipes close by or at urban beaches after a heavy rainfall
- Stay out of murky water or water with a foul smell
- If you have any sort of open wound or infection avoid beach water altogether
- Swim keeping your head out of the water
What You Can Do?
If you’re passionate about your local beach then there is something you can do to help keep it clean and safe! Organize a monthly clean up. Just get a group of other avid beach-lovers, choose a public beach, and pick up trash along the shore. Make sure you use gloves and stay away from debris that could be harmful to you.
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. NRDC uses law, science, and the support of 1.4 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC’s website provides a wealth of environmental information as well as state-of-the-art online activism tools.