Floridians and tourists both love the beach — but not when it’s too polluted to be safe. A new report says in 2006, fewer Florida beaches were closed because of pollution, according to this article. The National Resources Defense Council, which developed the report, says there were fewer beach closings because it rained less, meaning less runoff of polluted water. Even so, there were 285 beach advisories in 2006, the report says.
The thought of your favorite beach being closed because it’s too polluted — apparently from runoff, the NRDC says — should get us all to think about the water quality everywhere in the state, as that water eventually ends up in the ocean, right?
So that especially makes filling Lake Okeechobee with polluted water look like a bad idea.
U.S. Geological Survey photo