Avoid the Beaches Following Rain

By EGP News Report

(CNS) – An environmental group urged Southern Californians Wednesday to avoid the ocean for the next three days, because runoff from the first storm of the season poses a health risk.

“The main source of pollution to Santa Monica and San Pedro bays is urban runoff carried through the storm drain system,” said Matthew King of Heal the Bay. “With the Southland experiencing its first wet weather of the fall, Heal the Bay is reminding residents that swimming in the ocean is not healthy during the next 72 hours.”

Debris and toxins that have been accumulating for months on sidewalks, roadways and riverbeds get washed into the storm drains whenever the first significant rain falls, King said.

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October 6, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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