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Swim at your own risk: America's dirtiest beaches revealed in shocking new study
Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2012 | Snejana Farberov

Posted on 06/30/2012 3:36:46 AM PDT by Pinkbell

With the summer in full swing and temperatures rising into the mid-90s, it may seem like a great idea to take a cool dip in the ocean, but according to a new report, some beach-goers may be getting more than they bargained for.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental group, published on Wednesday its 22nd annual report which showed that storm water runoff and sewage pollution continue to spoil many of America's shores.

The study titled ‘Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches’ examined the results of water testing data at more than 3,200 beaches nationwide, which suggest that beaches ‘continued to suffer from serious contamination and pollutants by human and animal waste’ in 2011.

As a result, U.S. beaches had the third-highest number of closing and advisory days in more than two decades – only slightly lower than in 2010.

Two-thirds of those closings and advisories were caused by bacteria levels surpassing public health standards.

Swimming in bacteria-infested waters can cause stomach flu, skin rashes and pinkeye. The report stated that children tend to be most susceptible to these and other waterborne illnesses likely because they tend to submerge their heads.

The NRDC report labelled 15 beaches in California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin as ‘repeat offenders.’

Louisiana fared particularly poorly, with 29 per cent of the reported water samples below safety standards, followed by Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

However, there was some marginally good news in the report. The number of beaches that violate national recommended health standards remained steady at 8 per cent — the same level as 2010.

A dozen U.S. beaches received a five-star rating from the NRDC, indicating strong testing and safety practices, as well as low violation rates.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that up to 3.5million people become ill from contact with raw sewage from sanitary sewer overflows each year, and that number could even be higher since many people who become ill after swimming in polluted water are unaware of the underlying cause of their symptoms, and it often goes unreported.

The NRDC has called on the EPA to revise the new water quality criteria it has been developing, which the non-profit claims would leave beach-goers even less protected than in 1986, when the current standards were adopted.

The draft criteria, which are expected to be finalized this coming October, are based on what EPA has determined is an acceptable gastrointestinal illness risk of 3.6 per cent.

According to NRDC, that means the agency deems it acceptable for one in 28 swimmers to become ill with gastroenteritis from swimming in water that just meets its proposed water quality criteria.

The thought of having a 1/28 chance of getting the stomach flu is not something I'd want to gamble. The stomach flu is horrible.

My cousin and I both picked up a stomach virus (we think) from swimming in Lake Erie when we were kids. My cousin's brother didn't get it, though, and he was in the water too. It make the five hour trip home a nightmare, and neither of us wishes to swim in a lake anymore. My parents ended up getting the virus too. However, his brother who swam in the lake with us didn't get it. He doesn't like to swim in lakes anymore either, though, after he got an ear infection after swimming in a lake on a Boy Scout's trip. Anyway, here's the list for all of you who may be considering swimming at these beaches:

AMERICA'S DIRTIEST BEACHES

California: Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County (3 of 5 monitored sections)

California: Doheny State Beach in Orange County (3 of 6 monitored sections)

Illinois: Winnetka Elder Park Beach in Cook County

Illinois: North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County

Louisiana: Constance Beach in Cameron Parish

Louisiana: Gulf Breeze in Cameron Parish

Louisiana: Little Florida in Cameron Parish

Louisiana: Long Beach in Cameron Parish

Louisiana: Rutherford Beach in Cameron Parish

New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County

New York: Woodlawn Beach – Woodlawn Beach State Park in Erie County

New York: Ontario Beach in Monroe County

Ohio: Euclid State Park in Cuyahoga County

Ohio: Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County

Wisconsin: South Shore Beach in Milwaukee County

1 posted on 06/30/2012 3:37:02 AM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell

I think also that you will find these sewer beaches are located smack dab in the center of districts which support Obama and his movement of liberal fascists.


2 posted on 06/30/2012 3:51:18 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Pinkbell

There is no such thing as “stomach flu.”

Its proper name is gastroenteritis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastroenteritis


3 posted on 06/30/2012 3:54:43 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7

The EPA is more concerned with control than your health, leave this to Obamataxcare.


4 posted on 06/30/2012 4:06:01 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: Candor7

There most likely near out flows from sewer treatment plants...spells happen...have it At the number one beach siesta key Florida.. Not every often but it happens..


5 posted on 06/30/2012 4:08:27 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: ronnie raygun

LOL.

Yes, the EPA wages demographic warfare on the People.

These liberal fascists have a very effective tool at hand.

Unlike Hitler’s baking and burning the People in gas ovens,our versioon of liberal fascism will be able to amplify toxic waste sites in Red States and kill off their opposition.

As long as the toxic places are in leftist areas, I will continue to applaud.

Good Read:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html


6 posted on 06/30/2012 4:12:30 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Pinkbell

Ontario Beach in Monroe County NY is adjacent to the outflow of the Genessee River immediately after it flows through the city of Rochester. The older houses are connected directly to the river with predictable results. But there is an outstanding merry-go-round at the beach.


7 posted on 06/30/2012 4:16:13 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Candor7
...sewer beaches...smack dab in the center of districts which support Obama...

A.K.A: Septic tanks.

Freaking cityRATs....let em fester.

8 posted on 06/30/2012 4:16:51 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Pinkbell

I’d be interested in seeing the tests for Hanauma Bay, HI.


9 posted on 06/30/2012 4:17:51 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Pinkbell
ALL OF THIS IS PURE BOVINE POOP!!! This all began with a lie. Remember the first environmental wacko commercial? An American Indian Chief was shedding a tear at the site of an extremely polluted NY waterway. The guy wasn't an American Indian and the water was on a set in hollyweird. Like I said... lie upon lie upon lie built upon a foundation of lies.

LLS

10 posted on 06/30/2012 4:32:33 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Pinkbell
Dang..... look-it....
They're all LIBERAL beaches...

Who knew...??

11 posted on 06/30/2012 4:33:46 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Pinkbell

Here’s evidence that this whole exercise is 100% worthless:

Monmouth 7th Ave. (Belmar) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% once a week yes yes

Monmouth Sylvania (Avon) 5.0% 5.6% 0.0% once a week yes yes

Belmar gets 5 stars, Sylvania 2 stars. The 2 test points appear to be .8 miles from each other.

What a POS “study”.


12 posted on 06/30/2012 4:40:47 AM PDT by samtheman (The ObamaCareTax is the Biggest Tax in the History of the World)
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To: Hojczyk

Don’t know about the others, but there is a sewage treatment plant very close to Doheny.


13 posted on 06/30/2012 4:50:03 AM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: Pinkbell
New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County. Not even on the ocean. It's on Barnegat Bay.
14 posted on 06/30/2012 4:50:55 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (If Obama was any more thin skinned, he'd have a receptacle end: Dennis Miller)
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To: Pinkbell

i live near coney island. how is that not atop the list?


15 posted on 06/30/2012 4:54:05 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Pinkbell

Yet another case of an advocacy group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, issuing a press release and having it treated as “news”.


16 posted on 06/30/2012 5:03:29 AM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: Pinkbell
The study titled ‘Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches’ examined the results of water testing data at more than 3,200 beaches nationwide, which suggest that beaches ‘continued to suffer from serious contamination and pollutants by human and animal waste’ in 2011.

In Santa Cruz, CA, they close beaches due to "coliform bacteria." Of course, the implication is that the source is human. The problem with that idea is that it is more likely due to the harbor seals nearby and the sea lion colony from up the coast. Of course, the bureaucrats don't measure those sources, because they're "Natural." I am told that the algae plume from Ano Nuevo beach is visible from the air.

17 posted on 06/30/2012 5:13:12 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Pinkbell
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental group, published on Wednesday its 22nd annual report which showed that storm water runoff and sewage pollution continue to spoil many of America's shores.

Oh, and before you go trusting the NRDC as a source of honest environmentalism, best you read this first.

18 posted on 06/30/2012 5:15:43 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Cvengr

Hanauma Bay water is great. You have to go a couple miles to find a sewage outlet, near sandy beach.

The place with nasty water is the Ala Wai Canal


19 posted on 06/30/2012 5:30:47 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: wiggen
i live near coney island. how is that not atop the list?

I guess they came up with the $$ it takes to stay off the list.

Nice to hear Coney Island still HAS a beach...

20 posted on 06/30/2012 5:34:53 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income. Starve the beast.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Yeah, I would not trust any “estimates” coming from the EPA...


21 posted on 06/30/2012 5:39:45 AM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: Pinkbell

I grew up right next to those two Ohio beaches and went swimming just about every day in the summer in the 60s. The storm water went into the sewage plant and it couldn’t handle the load, so the overflow just dumped into the lake. After storms there were turds floating in the water. We just dodged them. Often there were little unidentified white things about the size of a match head all over the water surface. If you got a mouthful, just spit them out.

Funny thing is that none of us ever got sick.


22 posted on 06/30/2012 5:40:59 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I lived 3 blocks away from South Shore beach in Milwaukee - the sewer overflows hit the lake inside the breakwall and sit in mostly stagnant water.

It’s a shame because 75-100 years ago the beach was a big draw and people still go to the lake front to enjoy the paved Oak Leaf trail. I still work in the area but moved away a few years ago. The water isn’t obviously dirty but it has very high levels of the bugs that come from dumping municipal sewage. I cringe when I see people let their dogs swim in it.


23 posted on 06/30/2012 5:42:06 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: Right Wing Assault
The storm water went into the sewage plant

Yeah, who's the Einstein that came up with the idea of running the storm drains into a septic sewage treatment plant?

That's item #2 on my list of "Stupidest Things I Ever Heard of in My Life".

24 posted on 06/30/2012 5:46:39 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Candor7

“There is no such thing as “stomach flu.”

Its proper name is gastroenteritis”

How many of the uneducated meaning public school taught would know that? It’s another way to explain a problem to the dumbed down.


25 posted on 06/30/2012 5:59:44 AM PDT by animal172 (Calling the Founding Fathers!! We need your help.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Love your post.
Me too.
Good old Lake Erie in the 1950s.
Our family went swimming nearly every weekend in summer.
Maybe the air pollution from the steel mills and the Std Oil refinery counteracted the water.
Somehow I survived, LOL.


26 posted on 06/30/2012 6:03:31 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: ronnie raygun

The EPA’s drooling at this ‘scientific’ study and cannot wait to cram some more regulations down our throats until even the ocean is pure as driven snow. Nevermind that it is so vast that just about any pollution is diluted (’dilution is the solution to pollution’); nevermind that these beaches are about a thousand times cleaner than any other beaches in the world, since they are in the US and not the South Pacific.

My friend went to the Solomon Islands with her dad, who had crashed there during WW2 and went to ‘visit’ his plane in a lagoon. She went for a swim - it was so pretty, tropical water, paradise. (She’s a liberal...). She said there were raw feces floating out there - got a terrible infection. THAT is what the EPA should be worrying about.


27 posted on 06/30/2012 6:19:34 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Pinkbell

Avalon is ON Catalina Island. I’m not sure the town has any other sewer but the ocean. It is known as the dirtiest beach. I guess the island has to figure out some other way. Also, it’s the easiest destination for all the LA / OC yacht owners and who knows if they dump their waste appropriately either?


28 posted on 06/30/2012 6:26:19 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: wiggen
Last week ABC news did a story about all the Medical waste that was washing up on Rockaway Beach. So how Rockaway didn't make the list totally confuses me.
29 posted on 06/30/2012 6:56:19 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: sbMKE
We used to have that problem here but we never depended on the Fed and we had the problem rectified through State and Local laws. We have a very clean beach today. You guys can do the same thing.

LLS

30 posted on 06/30/2012 7:19:21 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: animal172

LOL.

Its all enough to make a person puke!


31 posted on 06/30/2012 7:27:16 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7

Doheny State Beach is located in Orange County, California which voted for John McCain in 2008.


32 posted on 06/30/2012 7:32:00 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Aha! The EPA is toxic tageting Republican communitoes!!!/S


33 posted on 06/30/2012 7:38:19 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Cvengr

My first layover in HI convinced me to never EVER swim off the coast of the lower 48.

Then I went to Guam and scuba’ed all over the deep pacific and then didnt even like getting in the water in HI.

I am spoiled, I know.


34 posted on 06/30/2012 7:42:19 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Pinkbell
Yawn. Nothing new.


35 posted on 06/30/2012 8:28:18 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: Candor7

Doubt that the people that live around Doheny State Beach in Orange County voted for Obama.


36 posted on 06/30/2012 8:34:27 AM PDT by Osage Orange (8675309)
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To: Mount Athos

I hear Alimentary Canal is pretty bad also......


37 posted on 06/30/2012 9:26:45 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Osage Orange

Then its an EPA toxic plot to kill off Republicans!


38 posted on 06/30/2012 9:40:10 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7
Years ago....I used to surf up and down the coast of CA.

The worst place I remember water quality wise...was the Santa Ana River Jetties....after a big rain. Lots of flotsam and jetsam. We just basically avoided it then.

I don't recall ever feeling like I got sick because of swimming / surfing in the ocean.

39 posted on 06/30/2012 10:01:02 AM PDT by Osage Orange (8675309)
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To: Osage Orange

don’t recall ever feeling like I got sick because of swimming / surfing in the ocean.>>>>>>>

Salt water kills most gastroitis causing bacteria, but the toxins can remain.

I wonder how bad the Santa Ana River is these days?


40 posted on 06/30/2012 10:22:10 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Hojczyk; Candor7
There most likely near out flows from sewer treatment plants...spells happen...have it At the number one beach siesta key Florida.. Not every often but it happens..

They're most likely near outflows from sewer treatment plants. Spills happen...Deal with it. Even at the very popular Siesta Key beach in Florida. Not very often, but it happens.

(a free service of the English Translations Department of FR)

41 posted on 06/30/2012 10:25:06 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Candor7
I wonder how bad the Santa Ana River is these days?

No idea.........I live in Oklahoma now.

42 posted on 06/30/2012 10:27:44 AM PDT by Osage Orange (8675309)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Yeah, who's the Einstein that came up with the idea of running the storm drains into a septic sewage treatment plant?

The guy who convinced the Water/Sewer Department that they could then charge CUSTOMERS for the amount of STORMWATER RUNOFF.

Lest you think I be lying, that 'policy' was recently added to my WATER BILL.

There are 3 charges.

One for Water Used.

One for Sewer waste/water based on water used.

AND one for STORMWATER RUNOFF based on some arbitrary and unexplained hockey stick graph of Glacial Ice Melts.

It hasn't rained here for at least a week, and none is expected, but I bet I get charged for STORMWATER RUNOFF.

43 posted on 06/30/2012 10:33:25 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Osage Orange
No idea.........I live in Oklahoma now.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

It looks a little green on zoom:


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44 posted on 06/30/2012 10:44:57 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Pinkbell

“...a non-profit environmental group...”

No point wasting time reading anything that follows.


45 posted on 06/30/2012 10:46:51 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Pinkbell

No Texas beaches among them.


46 posted on 06/30/2012 1:07:34 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: JimC214

Medical waste is about as low as you can get.


47 posted on 06/30/2012 1:11:30 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: ExpatGator
I hear Alimentary Canal is pretty bad also......

Remember when you kiss someone your kissing the anterior end of a 25 foot tube, the end of which goes in the toilet.

48 posted on 06/30/2012 3:11:52 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Yeah, who's the Einstein that came up with the idea of running the storm drains into a septic sewage treatment plant?

They've been around for hundreds of years. Actually thousands. It used to be very common. These were built before sewage treatment plants even existed. The whole thing would just dump into a river or lake. Turds in the lakes and river, turds in flooded basements. We had that happen several times in the 50s.

Then, when treatment became common, the rebuilding of the whole thing was very expensive, so they ran everything into the treatment plant. It worked fine until a heavy rainfall arrived. When the plant was taking in more water than it could handle, the overflow went into the lake or river.

There are still a lot of them around. Some cities have spend huge amounts of money to separate the combined systems. An alternative is to build massive tunnels to store storm water.

Search "combined storm sanitary system" or "CSO" for more info.

This article says there are still almost 800 communities in the US with such systems. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combined_sewer

For many years Cleveland (and other cities) has been digging many enormous sewer lines that can store storm/sewage water and feed it to the treatment plants at a rate they can handle. Here's an article about another one that's just beginning. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/06/massive_sewer_drilling_machine.html

Another $200 million chunk in the $3 billion storage tunnel project.

49 posted on 07/01/2012 4:38:20 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

A lie? No, Ontario Beach in Monroe County really is pretty bad.


50 posted on 07/01/2012 4:43:56 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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