Sunday, August 11, 2019 by Tracey Watson
California is experiencing a homelessness crisis of unprecedented proportions, and it is now endangering the health and safety of every single person living in the state, particularly those who live in coastal areas.
Laura Ingraham recently hosted television personality and medical internist Dr. David Drew Pinsky, commonly known as Dr. Drew, on her show The Ingraham Angle on Fox News.
Together they shone a light on the effects of the homelessness crisis, one of which is the fact that 80 percent of California’s coastline is now infested with human feces. (Related: California’s wealthy elite finally facing their day of reckoning as liberal policies leave surge of homeless people, used needles and human feces on their doorstep.)
Dr. Drew doesn’t allow his kids to swim in the Californian ocean. As an ex-lifeguard and medical professional, he knows that the water poses too much of a health risk. He believes that one reason for this is that current technology does not match the state’s water purification needs.
He also believes that there is another massive contributing factor to the coastline’s contamination, however. (Related: Finally, some media truth about California – U.S. News ranks the state at the bottom for ‘quality of life.’)
As Dr. Drew told Ingraham, small amounts of runoff in various places along the coast is normal, but there is now a consistent, recurring water contamination problem. He believes that the 60- to 80,000 homeless people defecating, urinating and bleeding directly into gutters on a daily basis is the major source of contamination. All that sewage and human waste makes its way into the L.A. River and Santa Ana River Basin, ultimately ending up in the oceans.
Dr. Drew noted:
“There is an organization out here called Heal the Bay which keeps tabs on safety of our beaches in Southern California, from Orange County to Ventura. Since the rains last Winter, [Heal the Bay] has been giving our beaches C’s to F’s, and F means completely overrun with fecal bacteria. What comes with that are other things like syringes, Hepatitis A and other infectious diseases.”
The publication LAist recently reported on this contamination, noting that there are at least five beaches in Southern California where swimming or surfing means you could end up paddling around in feces:
The bad news is that when it rains, the runoff that makes its way down to the water is chock-full of pathogens that can lead to things like upper respiratory illness, ear and eye infections and gastrointestinal issues. …
Five of the top 10 dirtiest beaches in the state are located in Southern California, according to the report.
So you probably want to avoid:
All have elevated levels of bacteria for various reasons, even during the dry season.
Heal the Bay believes that runoff from the state’s recent devastating fires is responsible for the contamination. They allege that it is the result of the fires causing around two dozen homes to get disconnected from the sewage treatment plant.
Dr. Drew does not accept that explanation.
As he says, the number of people living on the streets without access to bathroom facilities equates to the population of a city the size of Pasadena. Environmentalists would be going ballistic if a city of those proportions suddenly got disconnected from sewage treatment facilities, but there has been nothing but deafening silence from them about the homelessness crisis and its devastating impact.
Dr. Drew insists the situation is dire.
This problem is “proliferating to the point that even traffic is getting blocked by debris and feces and garbage,” he warns. “Rats have taken over the city. It’s not consistent with civilization. How many must die before we change direction?” Learn more at Environ.news.