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San Lorenzo River washes plastic waste on Seabright beach after storm
Documenting San Lorenzo river storm wash creating ocean/beach pollution on Seabright beach.
On the early morning of 12-24-2012 (xmas eve) after our last big storm. I was exercising down at Seabright beach, it was bright sunny and good to be out after a weekend of hard rain. As I approached the big rock on the beach I noticed all the logs, trees, and wood debris that the river normally deposits on the beach after a storm, as I got closer to shore I started to notice an overwhelming amount of plastic garbage that has also covered this once beautiful beach. Sprawled on the shoreline was plastic bottles (mostly gator aide/liquor) plastic lighters, plastic cups, dishes, tiny liquor bottles, plastic bags, Styrofoam, 3 needles, golf/tennis balls even a Longs shopping cart (only the plastic part) clothes, car seat, 3 tires and a smashed plastic trash can.
When I saw all this human waste caused by us humans, my heart sank then I realized that the tide was starting to come in and take it back out to sea. So I took a garbage can liner and started to pick up what I could before long I met up with a woman and a couple who had been the same idea and were doing it closer to the lighthouse so we split up the work and were able to get most of it. I pulled 5 garbage bags full of plastic waste off the beach.
I wanted to share these photos of what it looked like when I got there before we cleaned up.
I think people need to understand that whats thrown away outside or on the street all eventually ends up in a storm drain, river or creek that all dump into the ocean.
Save Our Shores have banner signs at some SC beaches that have cleanup bags available.