Two main systems carry water to beaches around the world: storm drains and
In large urban areas storm
drains collect water that runs off roads, front lawns and parking
lots. Despite what you may think, storm drains are not sewer
systems that chemically treat water before dumping it in the sea.
They are open systems hat feed directly to the sea. After the first
rainfall of the year (when the gunk's collected for months) you could end
up swimming in fertilizer, detergent and other really bad stuff!
geographical areas that drain to a specified point on a watercourse,
usually a confluence of streams or rivers. That fancy definition
from the San Diego County Department of Environmental
Health web site means simply: if you toss an old battery in a mountain
creek many miles from the beach and that creek feeds a river and that
river leads into the ocean, the battery acid can pollute hundreds of miles
of waterways and your favorite break.
What can you do? Think before you
dump your motor oil down that hole in the curb; watch what kind of
fertilizer you use in your yard; call your local hazardous materials
agency to report illegally dumped materials; organize neighborhood and
You can make an impact. Get your
fellow surfers involved...just talking about the issue helps others become
Protecting our oceans is important to all