Water quality

With the recent report compiled by Consumer about the water quality of New Zealand beaches, the Surfrider Foundation’s Beach Manifesto has relevance beyond us surfers:

  • Beach access would be free and uninterrupted
  • You could surf or swim after it rains without the fear of getting sick
  • Sand would flow freely to form surf breaks and beaches, and not be captured by dams, blocked by groins, or walled up behind seawalls and riprap
  • There would be no net loss of surfing areas
  • Advances in technology would be used to make information readily available to the public
  • Beach access sites would be inventoried

Locally we have Surfbreak Protection Society (which seems to have been responsible for getting the jet ski lane removed from Lyall Bay) which might be a good starting point for continued action…


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