S.C. beaches tank in pollution report

S.C. beaches tank in pollution report

There are 43 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Jul 29, 2008, titled S.C. beaches tank in pollution report. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

Beach pollution Water samples collected at S.C. beaches failed to meet the state's daily standard for bacteria levels 13 percent of the time, according to the National Resources Defense Council.

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John

Wailuku, HI

#1 Jul 29, 2008
1000 miles off shore for the outfall pipes?

Really?

Seems there's a lot of carelessness with the facts in this story...the source, the subject, the reporting.

At least the Campgrounds seem straightforward and free of the spin zone.
Please finish your story

Conway, SC

#2 Jul 29, 2008
Your story is interesting - but your first paragraph mentions SC's beaches ranking as the 6th most polluted in the nation. Our national ranking is the 'catch' in the very first paragraph - but is never mentioned again. What 5 beach areas are worse?
Clorox 4 the Gene Pool

Irmo, SC

#3 Jul 30, 2008
Spend a MILLION on noise pollution,(H-D Bike Week), and let the real money maker, beaches, go to hell...way to go Myrtle Beach Council...

Yankees changing our beaches into beaches like NJ...

MyrtleCycle Beach...
Tom Davis

United States

#4 Jul 30, 2008
If Huntington Beach State Park is on the list where's it coming from? There's not an 'outfall' or swash-cut anywhere from Murrells Inlet to Pawleys Island. It's not like the swash-areas that drain from inland at the other locations in the report ... those drainage 'cuts' are clearly visible (you'd have to wade through 'em if you were walking along the beach)... not so at Huntington; that's a solid sand-beach from the south MI jetty all the way to PI.
EB- MB

Myrtle Beach, SC

#5 Jul 30, 2008
Why would the paper put this as the main headline of the day in the printed paper? Is the Sun News trying to drive tourists and potential homeowners away from Myrtle Beach?
Fire Freak

Florence, SC

#6 Jul 30, 2008
Blame the Yankees. So how come North Carolina has some of the cleanest beaches in the country. Because they have no Yankees? People down here keep saying they don't care about how we do it up north but if you did you would see that we have reservoirs for our storm water where we filter it and reuse it and we have pipes that run under our roads so that we don't have 8 ft. ditches along the sides of roads for cars to drive into. This area has way too many problems for how small the population is.
Mandalay

United States

#7 Jul 30, 2008
The top ten icky beaches are listed below. You can find the entire report at:

http://nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/overview.pdf

1. Illinois
2. Ohio
3. Wisconsin
4. Indiana
5. Louisiana
6. South Carolina
7. Mississippi
8. New York
9. Oregon
10. Texas
biggreen19

United States

#8 Jul 30, 2008
"Liars figure and figures lie...."

Anybody believes that the National Resources Defense Council is a "neutral" organization and has no agenda other than the "best interests of the residents of Myrtle Beach area?"

Living in the northeast. I see this all the time....Myrtle Beach, this is how your typical, liberal, environmental wacko Yankee invasion begins....
Visitor

United States

#9 Jul 30, 2008
Clorox 4 the Gene Pool wrote:
Spend a MILLION on noise pollution,(H-D Bike Week), and let the real money maker, beaches, go to hell...way to go Myrtle Beach Council...
Yankees changing our beaches into beaches like NJ...
MyrtleCycle Beach...
Council doesn't care, they will simply continue to RAISE TAXES! But wait, WITHOUT us bikers they will suffer. Then the residents who want Peace, Quiet, and Family Atmosphere can enjoy a smelly beach togther. Remember, inflation and raising of the minimum wage is and will continue to effect the ENTIRE USA.

Ride Safe and enjoy the ride!
Jollymon

Myrtle Beach, SC

#10 Jul 30, 2008
Every summer Myrtle Beach's polluted beaches make headlines for a while, then we all go back to sleep, the city and county council take no steps to fix the pollution, and the cycle continues. If the leadership took steps (and money) to dredge the campgrounds and swashes(frequently) and open them up most of the run off would move quickly out to sea rather than sitting stagnant reproducing. If we all stormed city council over our polluted beaches like we did about biker rallys, I bet our elective officials would take some action. Now go back to sleep Myrtle Beach.
Mockingbird

Princeton Junction, NJ

#11 Jul 30, 2008
Clorox 4 the Gene Pool wrote:
Spend a MILLION on noise pollution,(H-D Bike Week), and let the real money maker, beaches, go to hell...way to go Myrtle Beach Council...
Yankees changing our beaches into beaches like NJ...
MyrtleCycle Beach...
Here we go again, blaming the Yankees for everything!! Ever think that all the high rises built in recent years, the residents and tourists alike who do not scoop up after their dogs, and our "develop we will worry about the infrastructure later" mentality, has anything to do with it??? Give the "Yankees" a break!!!

“Keep the rubber side down...”

Since: May 08

Conway, SC

#12 Jul 30, 2008
They should take the tax money that was just voted for and do research on how to clean up the beach instead of getting rid of the motorcycle rallies.

All about priorities...
O Bam YoMama

Calabash, NC

#13 Jul 30, 2008
EB- MB wrote:
Why would the paper put this as the main headline of the day in the printed paper? Is the Sun News trying to drive tourists and potential homeowners away from Myrtle Beach?
Why is this not on the NATIONAL NEWS? Call NBC/CBS/ABC and get the word out!
O Bam YoMama

Calabash, NC

#14 Jul 30, 2008
Jollymon wrote:
Every summer Myrtle Beach's polluted beaches make headlines for a while, then we all go back to sleep, the city and county council take no steps to fix the pollution, and the cycle continues. If the leadership took steps (and money) to dredge the campgrounds and swashes(frequently) and open them up most of the run off would move quickly out to sea rather than sitting stagnant reproducing. If we all stormed city council over our polluted beaches like we did about biker rallys, I bet our elective officials would take some action. Now go back to sleep Myrtle Beach.
I agree! I'll be right with you as son as we get rid of the rallies (not bikers) the beach should be the next priority.
O Bam YoMama

Calabash, NC

#15 Jul 30, 2008
Denzone wrote:
They should take the tax money that was just voted for and do research on how to clean up the beach instead of getting rid of the motorcycle rallies.
All about priorities...
PRIORITIES!!! Rallies 1st, beaches 2nd. Eliminate that which has the biggest negative effect on tourisim and growth 1st, the rallies.
Tom Davis

United States

#16 Jul 30, 2008
This isn't about 'yankees' or 'bike-rallies' give it a break; it's about polution. I know for a fact the City of MBch has done a great deal to clean up this problem and those efforts are ongoing ... the story was way-off regarding how far out the outfall pipes extend into the ocean; it's gotta' be a new reporter 'cause building the offshore outfall pipes that we do have was a major undertaking that suffered a few problems getting done; those stories were pretty-well vetted.
My original Q.... HOW did Huntington Beach State Park make that list? They have ZERO outfall pipes (at least any that are visible on-grade) and zero swashes into the park from the jetties to Midway Inlet. What's the 'source' in that location, does anyone know?
Beautiful

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Jul 30, 2008
Mockingbird wrote:
<quoted text> Here we go again, blaming the Yankees for everything!! Ever think that all the high rises built in recent years, the residents and tourists alike who do not scoop up after their dogs, and our "develop we will worry about the infrastructure later" mentality, has anything to do with it??? Give the "Yankees" a break!!!
Yes, please give us "Yankees" a break!! The war was over many moons ago. In addition, many of the "Yankees" are property owners in this area and take better care of their property than those that live down there and can closely monitor the property.
Crime Fighter

Conway, SC

#18 Jul 30, 2008
Great Job, We finally made a top ten list! Hey Horry County why not fix this problem or blame it on bikers. You can't even keep our beaches safe? We went to the beach a while back and within 24 hrs my wife had a major infection as a result of the water. Keep up the great work????
Herb

United States

#19 Jul 30, 2008
Beautiful from Pittsburgh,

I'm originally from "THE BURGH" and now live in SC. You will never change an idiots mind about Yankees. I'm not from MB but, from an area that is all native South Carolinians and I have never seen so much trash and litter in my life. Now, someone will tell me if I don't like it to move back north, I can't because I spend too much time trying to teach English and common sense...
Larry

Marion, SC

#20 Jul 30, 2008
Jollymon wrote:
Every summer Myrtle Beach's polluted beaches make headlines for a while, then we all go back to sleep, the city and county council take no steps to fix the pollution, and the cycle continues. If the leadership took steps (and money) to dredge the campgrounds and swashes(frequently) and open them up most of the run off would move quickly out to sea rather than sitting stagnant reproducing. If we all stormed city council over our polluted beaches like we did about biker rallys, I bet our elective officials would take some action. Now go back to sleep Myrtle Beach.
Now, there's a real solution!! Go for it city council!

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