Rather than going through sewage treatment, human waste from the homeless is ending up directly in the water ways.
California Health Line reports:
“We should all work together to clean up these hazardous waste and homeless sites before the whole city rots away,”
San Francisco officials were quick to dispute Trump’s claims. But some of California’s most prized rivers, beaches and streams are indeed contaminated with levels of fecal bacteria that exceed state limits, threatening kayakers, swimmers — and the state’s reputation as a bastion of environmental protection.
The presence of fecal bacteria in water is usually the result of problems with sewer systems and septic tanks. But water quality officials agree that the source of at least some of the fecal bacteria is California’s growing homeless population, most of whom don’t have reliable access to toilets.
“I’ve carried 5-gallon buckets that were unambiguously being used as toilets,” said David Gibson, executive officer of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, describing his experience cleaning up homeless encampments. “They were taking it to the San Diego River, dumping it there, and rinsing it out there.”
Fecal contamination of waterways is a widespread problem and becoming more urgent in states with large homeless populations. In Seattle, homeless people living in RVs are accused of dumping raw sewage straight into storm drains, which flows directly to local waterways. In Oregon, workers cleaning up homeless camps along the Willamette River in Eugene routinely find feces and needles.
The Trump administration has fixated on California’s homeless population in particular as a potent source of pollution.
In addition to Trump’s tweets, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 26 alleging that the state’s lack of urgency on homelessness threatens public health by polluting nearby water with untreated human waste. It then issued a notice to San Francisco accusing it of violating the federal Clean Water Act.
Jared Blumenfeld, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, responded by accusing the federal EPA of retreating on clean water protection, and called the administration’s focus on the environmental impact of homelessness “sensationalized” and “misguided.”
When it comes to water, scientists look for E. coli and other bacteria to determine levels of fecal contamination. While E. coli is present in both human and animal feces, human fecal contamination is particularly dangerous because it can transmit diseases that affect people, including hepatitis A and cholera.
Most people are not at risk of getting sick unless they drink the water, or if pathogens enter open cuts or sores, said Richard Ambrose, a professor in the department of environmental health sciences at UCLA. Homeless people face the highest risk because they are more likely to wash or wade in the water and have less access to toilets and showers, he said.
in Sacramento, regulators have been measuring elevated fecal bacteria levels in the lower American River for more than three years. Located near downtown Sacramento, it is a popular destination for water sports, even as hundreds of homeless people camp nearby.
Some recreational areas, including Tiscornia Beach, where families picnic, BBQ and wade in the river, had E. coli levels so high in the past year that they hit the upper limits of what the water board’s laboratories could measure — more than seven times higher than the state standard, said Adam Laputz, assistant executive officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Contamination from homeless camps is so easy to observe — and smell — that there is no “need to monitor to know there’s a problem,” said Thomas Mumley, executive officer of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, which stretches from Napa County to Santa Clara County.
If there are no bathrooms in or near a homeless encampment, “we can assume there’s a discharge of waste” where there shouldn’t be, he said.
This past October, the Environmental Protection Agency sent a nastygram to San Francisco officials, naming all of the regulations that the liberal utopia is in violation of.
MEANWHILE, Governor Newsom proudly proclaims California to be the most un-Trump state, while also announcing a budget to address homelessness.
Schiff and Pelosi Mourn End of Wacky Californian Campaign for President
This article was sourced from Political Insider
By David Kamioner | January 10, 2020
Perhaps too verklempt to speak publicly about it, Dem House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and her neck size-challenged Golden State pal Rep.
Adam Schiff are no doubt prostrate with grief over the Friday end of the presidential campaign of spiritual guru and California incarnate candidate Marianne Williamson.
First Eric Swalwell, then Kamala Harris drops out of the hunt for the White House. Now this?
When will cruel fate stop targeting California Dems for presidential extinction?
Williamson, who perhaps read days ago in tarot cards the news of her own campaign ending, had this to say about the matter, “I ran for president to help forge another direction for our country…As of today I’m suspending my campaign.”
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Her Quija Board and Santeria candles concurred.
This is actually part of a favorable trend in American politics, the rejection of the ideology of the failed state and socialist human engineering experiment that is modern California.
Long gone are the days of the Beach Boys and Governor and then President Ronald Reagan. Even the somewhat recent California of GOP Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is ancient history compared to the medieval public health standards and loony hard left mentality of the current state government.
And with the influx of illegal aliens and the Bolshevik political conditioning rife at the state’s public colleges, it doesn’t look likely to end anytime soon.
Thank the good Lord that President Trump and the GOP have found the electoral college math to politically quarantine and isolate the California of Pelosi and Schiff so, given its size and population, it does not dominate or play kingmaker in U.S. presidential politics.
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Just as up to the late 1980s it was almost automatically factored into the GOP totals on presidential election night, today it is in the bank for the Dems. Thus, they can ignore it and let the place rot. For they know it will vote with them pretty much no matter what.
As such, it will remain on the margins of national politics and ideological reality until, if ever, it regains its senses. For a state where the main industry is the make believe of the entertainment world, that outcome may be a long time coming.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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