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Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches

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Re: Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches

As mentioned in your post, cigarette butts float down stream... just because they are the number one trash item found at the beach doesn't mean that all of the smoking occured while people were on vacation... it is simply the accumulation of hundreds of thousands of little pieces of plastic being casually tossed onto the ground when the unthinking person is done smoking... that tiny little act of "who is it going to hurt?" gets washed down stream during the next big rain event and eventually ends of at the ocean...

Funny thing is... a DNA study was done down in California, which found that cat poop was making sea otters sick. Not that anyone for an instant believes that cats are risking taking a dip with the great whites just to risk taking a crap... or I suppose that it could just be that all of those vacationers who bring their kitties along, forget that the beach front property is one big sand box that is just too tempting to resist.

And so sportsmen/women... it all flows down stream in the end...

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Re: Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches

I haven't read this as I'm afraid it might ruin the first vision that came to mind. Sophia Loren in a two piece on the beach at dusk smoking a cigerette. Geeze, make's a guy want to buy stock in cigerette's!

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Re: Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches
Watershed Wizard wrote:
As mentioned in your post, cigarette butts float down stream... just because they are the number one trash item found at the beach doesn't mean that all of the smoking occurred while people were on vacation... it is simply the accumulation of hundreds of thousands of little pieces of plastic being casually tossed onto the ground when the unthinking person is done smoking... that tiny little act of "who is it going to hurt?" gets washed down stream during the next big rain event and eventually ends of at the ocean...

Funny thing is... a DNA study was done down in California, which found that cat poop was making sea otters sick. Not that anyone for an instant believes that cats are risking taking a dip with the great whites just to risk taking a crap... or I suppose that it could just be that all of those vacationers who bring their kitties along, forget that the beach front property is one big sand box that is just too tempting to resist.

And so sportsmen/women... it all flows down stream in the end...

The Watershed Wizard

HEY WATER SHED COULD THIS BE A PROBLEM WITH FERRAL CATS USING THE BEACHS AND OR LAKE AND STREAM SIDE SAND BOXES SO TO SPEAK.. SOUNDS LIKE WE NEED TO DO ALOTTE MORE TRAPING OH AND KEEP YOUR BUTTS

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Actually, the fecal material from common house cats mostly likely occurred during what is called a "first flush" event... this occurs in areas like the Central Coast of California where it doesn't rain for months at a time and then during the first major storm event of the season, materials (fecal matter, oil, transmission fluid, cigarette butts and other trash) deposited on or near a hard surface (roofs, parking lots, driveways, roads and gutters) get washed down into waterways that bypass sewage treatment facilities and straight into streams, lakes and bays.

I've seen crab suddenly flip upside down, due to rapid change of pH, dissolved oxygen levels or pollutants... they lay there as if gasping for oxygen or in chemical shock, for hours and then suddenly right themselves and scuttle away to find hiding places or resume feeding. Large amounts of e. coli bacteria can also get washed into bays, due to livestock grazing near streams, crossing streams and lack of healthy riparian corridor which filter livestock waste out before entering streams... and also from communities which have inadequate sewage treatment facilities or old and failing septic systems, leaking out this material into the ground water before leaching into shallow aquafers... then again... some of the highest levels of e. coli entering the waterways come from nature itself (large populations of migratory waterfowl).

I've always believed that sportsmen should work hard to protect native populations of fish and wildlife and the habitat required to keep them at sustainable levels. Pack your trash out with you (you brought it in, pack it out)... fishermen are some of the worst violators... leaving empty salmon egg containers and jars, along with yards of monofiliment line just laying on public lands or someone's private property... some inconsiderate individuals makes us look bad as a group. And remember, when washing your truck on your driveway with strong cleaning products... the chemicals washed off and into your gutter flow downstream and enter the waterways, often bypassing water treatment facilities and can have a detrimental affect on fish and wildlife... Don't forget: no fish, no wildlife... no sport. I, for one, can't imagine a world without being able to enjoy the flavor of venison, crab or smoked salmon. Protect it and protect a lifestyle you can be proud off and pass onto your children. Thumbs up

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Those filter butts don't degrade and stay around forever. That's one of the reasons I smoked either Camel Non-filters or Lucky Strikes when I used to smoke. Com'on I had to have at least one vice in my youth neener!

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The vice's of my youth are being corrected by the memory of old age! Whistling

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That's a pretty big reduction

That's a pretty big reduction in the amount of ciggs being tossed on the beach by placing some ash cans in the right location. I would have never guesss ciggs would be the leader in garbage on a beach but then again they are small and don't stand out like a beer bottle or discarded bag of chips. Hopefully more places with follow suit and keep the sand and waters clean

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