NRDC Offers Live Online Chat Discussing Beach Safety Tips
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Heading out into the water this memorial day weekend? Well you have more to worry about lurking under that water than sharks, stingrays and jellyfish, and what we're talking about might stay with you long after you've left the sandy shore. Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Nancy Stoner will be online Thursday, May 21 to take your questions and offer advice on staying safe this Memorial Day. This coming weekend heralds the start of another beach season as everyone young and old in America will be flocking to their closest shoreline, popping open a nice cold drink and sitting back to relax and get baked. But as public waters are regularly showing up in the news for high levels of toxic contaminants and water-borne illnesses, what is a sun-loving American parent to do?
Got questions or concerns? Really grossed out at the thought of catching anything from a mild rash to a serious disease? Now is the time to pose them and be prepared before getting in the water. Or just join in the chat and find out what advice Stoner is giving to everyone regarding beach water safety.
In 2008, NRDC published Testing the Waters, which reported the findings of water quality from coastlines around the country. In 2007, the US recorded over 20,000 pollution advisories on beach, river, lake and other shoreslines around the country - the second highest number of closings in the last 18 years. The biggest culprits are sewage spills and stormwater overflows, along with the thousands of unknown contaminant sources. Find out what you can do to protect yourself as well as help keep your beach clean.:NRDCMore on Water QualityOcean "Dead-Zones" Increasing: 400 Oxygen Deprived Areas Now ExistSafe Canadian Beaches Get a Blue FlagHang Ten, Green Dude!Oysters Are Restored to Waters in Need