June 28, 2014

Don’t go near the water

1 10% of US Beaches Fail Contamination Test

As millions of Americans head to the coast for the July 4th holiday, the Natural Resources Defense Council has released its annual report on the nation's beaches, which finds that ten percent of them fail to meet EPA safety standards due to high rates of disease-causing bacteria and viruses from sewage, contaminated runoff, boating waste and other sources, and are unsafe for swimming. Areas posting the highest rates of unsafe beaches are the Great Lakes region (13 percent), the Gulf Coast (12 percent) and New England (11 percent), with the West Coast (9 percent) and Southeast (7 percent) roughly matching the national average. Despite New England's poor showing, Delaware boasts the safest U.S. beaches; the state least safe for swimming is Ohio, where 47 of 63 beaches fail the test.

More at Local.msn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Beach Umbrellas Only Offer Some Sun Protection

Tags: Beach Safety, Swimming Safety, Cleanest US Beaches, Contaminated Beaches, Natural Resources Defense Council

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2 Suicide Barrier for Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge will receive a suicide barrier on each side of the 1.7-mile stretch. More suicides are committed at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the U.S. The bridge is also the second-most used suicide spot in the world. In 2013, 46 people died after jumping off the bridge. Since 1937, around 1,600 people have died after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. The suicide barrier will be composed of a 20-foot-wide steel net, which some have said will detract from the beauty of the structure. The project may cost as much as $76 million to complete, with the federal government covering $50 million of the cost.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Anti-Seizure Medication May Lead to Suicide

Tags: Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Attempts, Suicide Rates in U.S., Suicide Net, Suicide Barrier, People Jumping off Golden Gate Bridge

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