Clean Beaches

Tips from Shedd Aquarium
May 21, 2010 12:28:15 PM PDT
On the heels of a national report naming some Chicago area beaches among the dirtiest in the nation, the Shedd Aquarium's Great Lakes Conservation program is sharing their green ideas for keeping the lakefront clean. Common water pollutants: Cigarette butts - which do not biodegrade in water, they simply expand and shred. This is dangerous for water quality and wildlife. Birds eat them and the filters are extremely toxic.

Pharmaceutical vials/cases - We are encouraging the public not to flush unwanted medications. Traces of meds are showing up in our water and that's bad for fish and bad for us.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law last week to establish a program through the Illinois EPA to rid traces of pharmaceuticals from Illinois water supplies.

Motor oil - We are encouraging the public to never dump harmful chemicals down the drain. Everything that goes does the storm drain goes into our lakes. Properly dispose of used motor oil at your local Jiffy Lube

Clean up after your pets

GRAPHIC: Common water pollutants: jar of cigarette butts - these will be soaked in water to show that they do not biodegrade they simply expand and shred. This is dangerous for water quality and wildlife. Birds eat them and the filters are extremely toxic. * Pharmaceutical vials/cases - we are encouraging the public not to flush unwanted medications. Traces of meds are showing up in our water and that's bad for fish and bad for us. (Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law last week to establish a program through the Illinois EPA to rid traces of pharmaceuticals from Illinois water supplies) * Motor oil can - we are encouraging the public to never dump harmful chemicals down the drain. Everything that goes does the storm drain goes into our lakes. Properly dispose of used motor oil at your local Jiffy Lube * Clean up after your pets

For more green tips... log onto www.sheddaquarium.org


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