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Our Ocean’s Dirty Little Secret

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

I love the ocean. I can’t live without it. I am a beach comber that always picks up trash before leaving the shell-covered shore. Because of pictures like this, I think you should, also.

Several major news stations have published articles over the past few weeks about a plastic garbage buildup accumulating in the Atlantic Ocean. Have you heard of the “Great Pacific garbage patch”? It’s a huge floating island of plastic products the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. Apparently many studies have found that the buildup in the Atlantic Ocean has increased in size and is comparable to the Great Pacific’s patch! How could we let this happen?

Low-density plastics that end up in the ocean are adding up at a rapid pace. The ocean’s drifts and wind patterns allow the recyclables to accumulate in the Atlantic north of the Caribbean Sea. Think of all of the sea life impacted by this? Those poor fish, birds, and mammals. I can’t imagine having my home slowly destroyed by someone else’s trash.

Our oceans, and the beaches of Ocean City, are too valuable to destroy it. Please do your best to keep it safe and clean. Recycle. Pick up after yourself and tell others to do the same. I am a member of our local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. This foundation keeps beach lovers updated on news and ways to protect our oceans. The local Ocean City chapter of the Surfrider foundation also provides beach-goers with those nice big blue trashcan that have the words, “Leave only your footprints”, spray painted on them. Please use these trashcans! I love our ocean and I’m sure you do, too. Who doesn’t? Lets take care of Ocean City and the Atlantic!

 

 

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  1. Thanks for sending that message out there for ALL to read and I hope a lot of people show up on April 17th for the Ocean City Beach Clean-up.

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