Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Not Safe To Go Into The Water 10 Percent Of Beaches Laden With Bacteria

It’s summer time and what better way to celebrate that go to the beach
Warm sand, crashing waves, birds soaring, fresh air all within reach
It used to be that all you had to fear would be a sun burn or rip tides
Now we find more dangers at the beach, bacteria in the waters that hide
Before one runs at full speed or gingerly wades in as the ocean waves crash
Beware of the bugs of dysentery, hepatitis, stomach flu and all sorts of rash
According to a study just released the bacteria failure rate is at ten percent
If contemplating a day swimming as opposed to viewing the thongs maybe not the way to have a day spent
One of the worst offenders is in California in the waters next to the Malibu Pier
Can you believe in the land of Surfin Safari and Little Surfer Girl not what you want to hear?
Even in Alaska the beach failure rate comes in at 24 percent second highest on the list
But given the water temperatures there, the urge to go swimming is easy to resist
Sad state of affairs with too much dumping and runoff of untreated waste
With roads and bridges in sad shape probably not enough funds to spare to storm drains into treatment plants place
So this summer in addition to lots of sun block one needs to the bacteria level check
If one can all those disease above mentioned try to deflect
© June 25, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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