People from all walks of life enjoy visiting beaches to partake in various watersports and summertime activities. Unfortunately, humans also hate picking up after themselves. Although continuous littering is a growing problem, the vast majority of water-based pollution stems from land-based activities in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Shown below are the most common sources of beach pollution:
Nitrogen and Phosphorous Contamination
When excess amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous seep into beaches, it leads to the rapid development of dangerous algae and harmful pathogens, not to mention the nefarious chemical imbalances that come in tow. From excessive manure run-off and relentless fertilizer dumping to frequent fossil fuel spills as well as a growing number of dilapidated wastewater channels, the recent influx of nitrogen and phosphorous is entirely attributable to mankind’s activities.
From gasoline residue and antifreeze liquids to composting provisions, pesticides, and a seemingly infinite number of other nefarious compounds, countless pollutants seep into our storm drains, which then lead to our beaches on a daily basis.
Trash and Litter
Since organized beaches are incredibly popular, these locations are usually teeming with solid waste in the form of cans, plastics, cigarette filters, and many other iterations of trash. As a result, marine life is under constant existential threat.
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