Saturday, June 29, 2013

Latest beach water pollution report, we're good

San Mateo County Times/Aaron Kinney, 6/26/13.  "Contra Costa, San Mateo County beaches rife with bacteria, report says."

Thanks Our Children's lawsuit !
"San Mateo County beaches are the second-worst in California when it comes to a key measure of bacterial pollution, according to a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

....  Stormwater runoff and sewage spills are the primary causes of bacterial pollution on beaches, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which based its annual "Testing the Waters" report on water-quality data from more than 3,000 beach sites across the country. Citing a 2001

analysis by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the council claims as many as 3.5 million Americans -- and possibly more -- become ill every year by coming into contact with pollution from these sources.

....  San Mateo County:  Parkside Aquatic Park (San Mateo) -- 63 percent, Lakeshore Park (San Mateo) -- 46 percent, Pillar Point No. 7 -- 23 percent, Pillar Point No. 8 -- 17 percent, Pillar Point-Capistrano -- 52 percent, Pillar Point-Outer Harbor -- 15 percent,  Source: Natural Resources Defense Council."   Read article.

Related - Fix Pacifica reprint article, Pacifica Beaches report cards, May, 2013 and 2012-13.   Natural Resources Defense Council.   Note:  "Surf's up in Pacifica" photograph from

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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