Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Swimming in Miami, Swimming in Shit

Swimmers: Sewage Spill Warning Mucked Up

Miami-Dade authorities criticized for not getting info to people in the water

Updated 11:23 AM EDT, Wed, Jun 23, 2010

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Repairs continue on the 72-inch broken sewage pipe in Miami Gardens that sent 20 million gallons of raw sewage all the way to the Intracoastal Waterway over the weekend.

The good news?
Tuesday, beaches at Oleta State Park were given the all clear, along with Haulover and Bal Harbour Monday, meaning swimmers are free to go back in the water there.
But questions remain over whether authorities did enough to notify people who were already on the beach and in the water.
If there'd been so much effort to get the word out about the 20 million gallons of raw sewage dumped into that water, why did almost no one know?
“Outraged,” is how Mike Gibaldo of The Surfrider Foundation, a national group focused on clean oceans, expressed his reaction. “I was out on the beach Saturday and Sunday and I think I heard a rumor about it Saturday afternoon and a little more on Sunday."

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