Wastes on New York Area Beaches

R. Lawrence Swanson

DOI: 10.2190/U5UQ-1UKP-YYRB-YWQ0


Some 93 Km of Long Island, New York's beaches were closed during the summer of 1988 as a consequence of the washup of floatable wastes. In August 1987 80 Km of New Jersey ocean beaches were closed as a consequence of similar wastes. While the relative volume of floatable medical wastes was extremely small, it is the focus for public outrage concerning general conditions of coastal waters. The sources of floatable wastes and their transport are reviewed. Because Long Island is particularly vulnerable to washups of floatable wastes in summer, it is important to work towards reducing the wastes materials at the sources.

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