Fecal Bacteria Reaches Dangerous Levels in California’s Waterways

Nothing is more threatening to idle and corrupt politicians than an effective one. Criminals don’t like the spotlight, which goes a long way to explaining the sham coup and impeachment efforts perpetrated on our President by Nancy Pelosi. Perhaps one day her San Fran constituency will come to realize she’s not trying to develop some sort of socialist utopia, but rather a race to third-world status.

Problems with sewer systems and septic tanks are the usual culprits for the presence of fecal bacteria in water. In California, however, the greater source of bacteria is California’s growing homeless population, most of whom don’t have reliable access to toilets. Here’s to that utopia!

Last year, the regional water board ordered San Diego County, several cities and municipal agencies to determine the source of the contamination. In addition to investigating the condition of leaky sewage infrastructure, which fails when it rains, the order requires municipalities to evaluate how homeless people living on riverbanks, in parking lots, trailers and RVs may be contributing to the problem, Gibson said.

Farther north, in Sacramento, regulators have been measuring elevated fecal bacteria levels in the lower American River for more than three years. Located near downtown Sacramento, it is a popular destination for water sports, even as hundreds of homeless people camp nearby.

Some recreational areas, including Tiscornia Beach, where families picnic, BBQ and wade in the river, had E. coli levels so high in the past year that they hit the upper limits of what the water board’s laboratories could measure — more than seven times higher than the state standard, said Adam Laputz, assistant executive officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

It’s quite a shame that California’s most beautiful rivers, beaches and streams are highly contaminated with fecal bacteria – exceeding state limits. Think twice before swimming or kayaking around Cali’s major cities.

Source: California Healthline

Image: Daily News/David Crane Southern California News Group


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