In Los Angeles, most of the rain water is sent to the ocean. Along the way, water runoff picks up pollutants, trash, fertilizers and pesticides. This liquid waste is the single largest source of water pollution into the ocean, giving Los Angeles some of the most polluted beaches in California.
Every Wednesday morning, students from Santa Monica High School collect water samples at one of many urban runoffs responsible for pouring over 100 million gallons of contaminated water into the ocean each day.
Santa Monica High School and Surfrider Foundation teamed up to create Teach & Test, a program aimed at raising awareness of water quality issues at Los Angeles beaches.
As they later analyze in their lab the water samples collected at the beach that day, student findings demonstrate that bacteria levels are calling for the city to put up an advisory.
Finally, students suggest a number of solutions to avoid water runoff and save the ocean.
Produced and Directed by Nadine Froger
Produced and Photographed by Jean-Jacques Pochet
Edited by Jim Bromley
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