Minimizing Beach Contamination
When at the Beach
- Do not allow
diaper-age children or children who are not toilet-trained into
public swimming areas without tight-fitting rubber or plastic pants
that will contain fecal matter.
diapers frequently, always away from the water's edge, and in
a restroom, if possible.
of diapers properly. Place them in trash receptacles or seal
them in a plastic bag to carry out with you.
not encourage water fowl by feeding ducks, geese, seagulls,
or other birds.
your children for frequent bathroom breaks.
of animal waste properly. When exercising your pet, collect
and properly dispose of its waste. This helps to reduce the
amount of animal waste that may be washed into the beach area
from stormwater runoff.
may attract wild fowl and other animals. Carry out all trash
or dispose of it securely in trash receptacles.
swim if you have diarrhea or feel like you may vomit.
When at your Home
water. Excess water use at home means more water that has to be
processed by sewage treatment plants. This can lead to sewer overflows
and raw sewage discharges into beach areas.
natural substances to fertilize lawns and gardens. For example,
use compost made from natural products instead of chemical fertilizer.
Minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides whenever possible.
- Maintain private septic systems. Keep your septic tank or
aeration system in good working order. Have it pumped and serviced
in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
This will help prevent leaking and inadvertent discharge of
treated or untreated sewage into the storm sewer – and
ultimately into the beach area.
When on your Boat
dispose of boating wastes.
sewage holding tanks and portable toilet waste in proper onshore
service boat engines to minimize discharged gasoline and motor