Environmental impact of spending time at the beach can be minimized

Posted by Robyn, May 14, 2013

drainsFor the environmentally conscious, however, a beach vacation is sometimes fraught with guilt. Few places exhibit man’s encroachment on nature more clearly than a beach.

So what can you do to minimize your impact on beaches, without denying your children their fundamental right to boogie board? It turns out that much of what you can do to protect beaches happens before you leave home.

Have you ever noticed a large pipe draining into the ocean at your favorite beach and wondered what comes out of it? For the most part, it’s storm water runoff — rain or snow that falls on concrete or paved surfaces, then finds its way into a drain and out to the beach. Whatever the water encounters on its way into that drain can make its way to the ocean.

“Pick up after your pet,” Fleischli recommends. “Don’t over-water and fertilize your lawns. Try to retain water on-site at your home with permeable surfaces rather than letting it drain down the driveway. And water your grass, not the sidewalks or street.”

via Environmental impact of spending time at the beach can be minimized – The Washington Post.

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