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Toxic beaches should shut during storms - environment groups Share on Facebook
Environmental groups are calling on local governments to shut beaches after storms like those seen in Brisbane in the last week due to storm water pollution.

by Environment Society of Australia - Monday, 24 November 2008


“Trillions of litres of polluted water is washing past our doorways straight onto our beaches – poisoning marine life and us in these storms”, says Sunirmalya Symons from the Friends of the Baffle Basin.

They say that there was enough water to fill dams in SE Qld many times over last week but nearly all of it washed pollution off our streets straight into the ocean.

“People understand that stormwater should be recycled. They expect governments to act but they do not realise that the private corporations supplying water have governments in their pocket" said Mr Symons

The groups say that in heavily populated, high rainfall areas along the coast of Australia most rain is diverted untreated to the ocean. Then chemically treated water is pumped in from inland dams where rainfall is less for those same coastal users.

“There could not be a more silly situation. There is plenty of water, but we are being told there is not enough. Where all the rainfall is, we wash it out to sea. Where the rainfall is not, we build dams and wreck ecosystems, peoples lives and environmental habitat. Our beaches are suffering, if not dying. Marine life is being poisoned and then entering our food table. At the very least people should not swim near storm water outlets during storms, but we recommend beaches should shut for at least 3 days after major storms,” says Mr Symons.

 

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