06 July 2007

Sewage from Mexico infects "death beach"

Drudge reports that Imperial beach in San Diego California has the dubious distinction of being simultaneously called one of the best beaches in the nation to build a sandcastle and one of America's "death beaches" by Forbes magazine.

The Forbes article is here. From the piece:

With more Fs on their report cards than a pair of high school dropouts, Doheny Beach in Orange County, and Imperial Beach in San Diego County, tied for worst-water quality in California, according to the annual "Heal the Bay Survey."

And add to the mix that Orange County had the highest number of beach closings or advisory days in the country from 2000 to 2003, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. San Diego County ranked third. San Juan Creek, with its urban runoff from "people washing their cars, mowing their lawns, hosing down their driveways and not picking up after their dogs," runs directly into the ocean at Doheny, according to Rick Wilson of the Surfrider Foundation. Together with a harbor that blocks water circulation, the result is stagnant conditions on the beach.

Imperial Beach in San Diego County made the list this year because of sewer spills in Tijuana, Mexico. Ocean currents bring the pollution north to the southernmost U.S. beach.

Incidents: These waters, and their bacteria, can literally make you sick. John Moody was surfing at Doheny Beach when he contracted a serious staph infection, prompting him to cofound Miocean, a nonprofit made up of environmental businessmen in Orange County.

Chicago wasn't ranked in the beaches article.

I've traveled and conducted business personally, in Mexico. The corruption is rampant throughout the country. Documents mean nothing - for the right price you can get anything you want to say whatever you want and someone will make it look official.
The problem with Mexico is that the corruption and malaise is entrenched in the National psyche - it's a cultural thing.

When I'd be negotiating a contract in grains with a Mexican commodities house, I knew our USDA and FGIS weights and grades were down to the 1/100th part per million and that they were accurate. The documentation coming from the Mexican government was never to be trusted because we'd been burned by accepting grain shipments based on their measurements. Our contracts were actually rewritten to say that we'd only accept USDA grades and bills of lading on any and all shipments from Mexico. Many folks just don't understand how bad it is dealing with the Mexican bureaucracy and just how corrupt and disingenuous the entire system is.

It seems alot more than just sewage and waste gets into el norte from Mexico.

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