The Los Angeles Times deserves a Pulitzer for this

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Altered Oceans is an incredibly well done series of articles by Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling.

Please take the time to look through and absorb some of the most important issues facing our oceans today. This ran last week here in LA and I hope some non-Californian readers will take note.

As a surfer and triathlete I'm in the Santa Monica Bay all year round. Many friends and colleagues express dismay when they find out I spend that much time in our polluted waters. In June I contracted an ear infection that hasn't gone away and a week ago my eyes turned red from another bacterial infection. The water may look clean during our summer months but this is the first time I've ever gotten sick from exposure to open water.

Growing up in Pennsylvania I grew up in a place where storm water was collected into reservoirs but here in LA everything from the streets gets run off into the ocean. Yuck. After a rainstorm it's recommended that you stay out of the water for at least 72 hours and I obey that cardinal rule. There are plans to divert storm water to the sewage system but it will be decades before a proper system is in place. All I can do is hope more people get educated about urban and agricultural runoff.

By the way, the 22nd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 16th, 2006 from 9:00 am to noon.

I submitted the cleanup link to digg:

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