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Beach Closures

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Maya Khalifeh

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Beach Closures
By: Maya Khalifeh

Issue
I chose beach closures as my issue to study for the Ottawa River Watershed Project.
Causes
Effects
1. Water runoff from land. This adds a lot of water to the sewage treatment plant system, which it cannot handle, causing it to overflow.
1. Water carries microbes and pollution, and becomes contaminated. This all flows to the nearby river or beach.
2. Infected organisms found on the beach shoreline. Thoses viruses are exposed to the water, making it "un-safe".
2. If people spend alot of time in the infected water, they could get sick.
3. Waste disposal, waste must be placed where it belongs, or could affect water quality.
3. If thrown in or near water, it could contaminate it easily.
4. Human waste, such as leaky septic systems, sewage pipes, or overflowing toilets cause this problem.
4. Everything flows to the sewage treatment plant system, might not be able to handle. If too much water flows through the STP, it could overflow dumping untreated water right back to the beach and river.
http://rvsd.org/customers/lateral-replacement-grant-program
http://www.pumperguys.com/septic-installation.php
http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/pollution-sources.asp
Stakeholders
Health inspection agencies
The public (citizens of Ottawa)
People going to swim
Scientisits and testers
City of Ottawa Public Health Department
Local municiapl health departments
Animals and plants
Government
What is being done about this issue?
Water in beaches is sampled and tested at least once a week.
http://mit.whoi.edustudentresearchtid=1423&cid=47886
Citizens, soldiers, and officials of Ottawa health municipality remove waste from shorelines.
http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2012/09/20/banding-together-to-clean-up- ottawa-river-shores
City of Ottawa is upgrading sewer systems .
City of Ottawa has also improved the inspection process.
City of Ottawa are planning to upgrade "Ottawa River bacterial quality model".
Ottawa's blue flag.... Ottawa places a blue flag at beaches that meet or exceed the criteria of excellent water quality.
What still needs to be done?
City of Ottawa needs to act faster to this issue.
Health departments/inspectors should focus more on all beaches.
Improve communication with the public.
City of Ottawa should monitor and inspect all sewage treatment plants regularly.
Strong and strict enviromental rules should be placed.
Causes
Effects
1. Water runoff from land. This adds a lot of water to the sewage treatment plant system, which it cannot handle, causing it to overflow.
1. Water carries microbes and pollution, and becomes contaminated. This all flows to the nearby river or beach.
2. Infected organisms found on the beach shoreline. Thoses viruses are exposed to the water, making it "un-safe".
2. If people spend alot of time in the infected water, they could get sick.
3. Waste disposal, waste must be placed where it belongs, or could affect water quality.
3. If thrown in or near water, it could contaminate it easily.
4. Human waste, such as leaky septic systems, sewage pipes, or overflowing toilets cause this problem.
4. Everything flows to the sewage treatment plant system, might not be able to handle. If too much water flows through the STP, it could overflow dumping untreated water right back to the beach and river.
What is being done about this issue?
Water in beaches is sampled and tested at least once a week.
Citizens, soldiers, and officials of Ottawa health municipality remove waste from shorelines.
City of Ottawa is upgrading sewer systems .
City of Ottawa has also improved the inspection process.
City of Ottawa are planning to upgrade "Ottawa River bacterial quality model".
Ottawa's blue flag... Ottawa places a blue flag at beaches that meet or exceed the criteria for excellent water quality.
What is being done about this issue?
Water in beaches is sampled and tested at least once a week.
Citizens, soldiers, and officials of Ottawa health municipality remove waste from shorelines.
City of Ottawa is upgrading sewer systems .
City of Ottawa has also improved the inspection process.
City of Ottawa are planning to upgrade "Ottawa River bacterial quality model".
Ottawa's blue flag... Ottawa places a blue flag on a beach that meets or exceeds the criteria for excellent water quality.
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