The Environment America Research and Policy Center (EARPC) found that more than half of American beaches were home to potentially dangerous levels of fecal bacteria at some point last year.
The worst beach in the US was Singing Bridge Beach in Arenac County, Michigan and San Pedro Creek in San Mateo County, California, came second.
John Rumpler, co-author of the report and EARPC clean water program director said: “That fecal bacteria is an indicator of pathogens in the water that can make swimmers sick: It can cause gastrointestinal illness, respiratory disease, eye and ear infections and skin rash”.
According to the report, each year there are an estimated 57m cases of recreational waterborne illness.
In January 2018, the Environmental Health journal published a report on recreational waterborne illness which estimated water recreation activities cause 90m illnesses annually at a cost of $3.7bn.
Fecal contamination is caused by run-off and sewage overflows. Increasingly severe storms due to the climate crisis are likely to result in more run-off pollution and sewage overflows. Fortunately, some communities are investing in infrastructure such as rain barrels, expanded green space and rooftop gardens to help absorb storm water.
Be aware of these circumstances allow us to take accurate prevention actions and keep safe. Find more information about this new preventive culture on SkyAlert.