Think globally and s**t locally. Do a Blue Water Task Force program by Surfrider Foundation if you want data. It takes a few committed volunteers - 4 to 6 to collect and run samples. The government (local, state and feds) can be shamed and are scared of real data. It can be used to clean up specific areas affected by septic fields, poor flush, excessive point source violators etc. I have done this and it does work on a limited basis, but it takes an awful lot of work. Good luck. Remember, everyone has to eat, therefore..
...Also storm runoff is another issue, and golf courses can be shamed into using more organic fertilizers. But the sugar farmers here in Florida send crap water all over the state with impunity. Another issue for another time. Only fight the battles you can win.
I like how we had a $30MM shortfall for the school budget 2 yrs ago, but can come up with $18MM of taxpayer money for Bruce Thompson for the Cavalier after we bankrolled his Hilton.
Originally Posted by DosXX
And let's not forget the mayor and city council turning over taxpayers' money to developers (who financed their elections & reelections) to fund highly questionable, private projects that benefit no one but themselves. All this when the city does not have enough money to adequately pay its school teachers. In VB, shaking down tourists for their revenue and paying off developers comes first.
and because nobody would EVER resort to fudging data to make a political point or get people to open their wallets.
Yes, Mercedes and BMW are guilty like all big businesses, just joking but true. So are non-profit groups. They all fudge the data to help the bottom dollar or to promote a cause. The only person you can trust is yourself. Maybe we should, including myself, get off our asses and put it to the test. As Brew said, maybe someone can explain how these tests are performed and what are the standards. It would be interesting to see what percentages of bacteria types are harmful. Then, we can get samples before every surf. Who am I kidding? I just want to surf, work, surf, get drunk, go to sleep, repeat process.