Last weekend's massive storm hit the LA Basin harder than a bad Miley Cyrus wrecking ball haircut. With over 30 billion gallons a day dumping into the Los Angeles watershed, pollution levels are at an all-time high. The much needed fresh water fell from the skies with very little having been collected and repurposed in a sustainable way. Rushing waters flooded intersections and ran down polluted gutters and highways, all leading to storm water systems and eventually the sea.
On a walk along my home waters of hermosa beach this afternoon i was struck by the beautiful chaos of the storms natural force. Kelp beds from the local marine protected areas of Palos Verdes and Malibu have had much of their forests naturally shed from the rocky substrate. Some footings even bare the traces of reef still in their grasp. The massive waves and heavy tidal flow have left enormous finger-like depressions in the sandy shores.
In contrast, plastic pollution can be seen in nearly every square meter of twisted kelp strewn upon the shore. And oil deposits dot the sand like black gum spots on our sidewalks. So from the beauty of sea and sky I also must come face to face with the reality of a polluted beach I call home. The sheer quantity of garbage and oil 'blobs' on the beach is mind boggling.
I need to scrap the tar off my foot now.