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This is what ending ocean pollution looks like

April 12 2009 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim


Seldom can a person view a sewage pipe turned off. This is one of those occasions.

The Delray Beach pipe went into service in over 40 years ago. It has been discharging about nine million gallons of treated sewage per day a mile offshore.

The local sewage treatment plant was sending millions of gallons of partly treated wastewater onto endangered corals and reef tract. It's now the first outfall of six in South Florida to discontinue the practice of dumping over the next few years.

Like many of the campaigns we're involved in, this one has been going on for years. It was led by the nonprofit Palm Beach County Reef Rescue. The Palm Beach County Surfrider Chapter assisted in recent years with the goal of drawing attention to the effects of the outfall on the nearby coral reef system. Kerri Smith, local Surfrider maven, lead the campaign overseeing legal research, outreach and education.

Go ahead bask in the glory of pollution... stopping.

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