Website tells you where it's safe to swim
A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has people reaching for their natural detox products, especially those who have recently been to the beach. That's because the organization reported that many of America's beaches are still filled with pollution from stormwater and boats, and these toxins may harm human health.
However, this doesn't mean people will have to swim only in pools this summer. Reuters reports that the NRDC website has debuted a new online tool, which will inform people of beaches near them that are safer and less polluted than others.
"Having that information when you're planning the trip is far more important than when you've taken the trip," said Steve Fleischli, director of NRDC's Water Program, according to the news source.
The NRDC is hoping to create a Smartphone application so that people can learn about the water quality while they are actually at the beach.
In response to the pollution report, the NRDC has urged the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to raise water quality standards.
The National Ocean Council (NOC) states that the federal government is working to improve water pollution, but it needs help from Americans.
The organization says that there is nothing more vital to the health of the planet than clean drinking water, which is why it's important to reduce the negative impact humans have on water. Runoff from streets and lawns, agricultural and industrial uses, transportation activities and urban development are all things that impact water quality. Improvements in water pollution can be achieved if state and local governments work together to educate the public about how its actions impact rivers, lakes and oceans.
Individuals can help themselves and their families by insuring that toxins are moving down and out through the organs of elimination. These are the liver, kidneys, bowels, lungs, and skin. When these are not functioning at optimal levels, toxins back up and cause conditions in the body.