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Focus On The Family

Posted by: Denise

Yes. Indeed. Lets do just that.

Did you all hear about how NRDC won a BIG SETTLEMENT in the beach water lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency? Yessiree! Now mom’s and dad’s can be safely forewarned about the potential risks of those icky skin rashes, ear infections, and the dreaded, and highly infectious, pinkeye— as well as even more serious illnesses like hepatitis and meningitis. Bleeeeuck! Our kids are actually getting this stuff from swimming in dirty oceans. (Have we mentioned how important it is to improve the health of our oceans?).

As a mom, and surfer, with sons who surf and body board, I want to extend a BIG THANKS to our friends at NRDC for insisting on improved testing of water quality. “This is a major victory for everyone who wants to go to the beach without worrying about getting sick,” said Nancy Stoner, Director of NRDC’s Clean Water Project. “The government needs to do a better job of screening for pollutants and pathogens and making the information available on a timely basis, that families going to the beach know when it’s safe to swim.”

Now this is what I call focusing on the family!

P.S. I just finished (or as I like to call it: Hot, FAT and Crowded). It’s a great read and builds stoke for innovation vs// stuff like, ya know, drilling. Loved his analogy, on Charlie Rose, of the chant ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ being the equivalent of “CARBON PAPER, BABY, CARBON PAPER!”

Date Posted: September 15, 2008 @ 10:01 am

3 Comments »

  1. Hey, Denise~ (Did you read today’s Freidman article?)

    Here’s a link to a very important topic related to yours. It’s the culmination of an in-depth investigation by the AP regarding where all of the millions of pounds of unused pharmaceuticals go when the hospitals no longer need them. THEY GET FLUSHED!!! Imagine all the chemicals not only in our drinking water but in our oceans, as well!! Definitely an article worth reading & following up on~~

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/09/15/america/NA-FEA-US-PharmaWater-Flush-I.php

    Comment by Deb — September 15, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
  2. Chock up another thing my kids can’t do that I did as a child..

    No more abalone hunting at low tide and now not being able to go in the water with any skinned knees.My mother used to tell us swimming in the salt water would actually help your skin - not any more.

    But I am optimistic that we will clean up the water for the fish, otters and our kids.

    Comment by Maureen — September 15, 2008 @ 5:38 pm
  3. Hi Deb!
    (Yep. I read Freidman).
    Thanks for sending this article. Great of you to share with other ‘Champs’. I’m reminded of a trip to Costa Rica— while strolling Playa Zancudo, we literally tripped up thousands of used syringes. Really. I guess whoever dumped them didn’t think about where they’d turn up. This notion of ‘not in my backyard’ is ludicrous. When we decide to drill or dump ‘over there’, do we consider what we’ll step into on our next vacation?

    Comment by Denise — September 15, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

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