Kauai: heavy pollution in world-class surf

Thirteen Kaua'i surf breaks have failed to pass the health standards test in Hawaii, according to the Surfrider Foundation.

The Surfrider Foundation's Kaua'i Chapter tests 20 surf breaks and freshwater streams on a monthly basis.

Thirteen of the Chapter's 20 sampling sites exceeded health standards, and the highest reading taken at Niumalu Beach Park was nearly 100 times the national health limit.

Surfrider proved how dangerous and polluted local waterways and beaches can become during storm conditions, including heavy rains, flooding, high winds, and surf.

Runoff caused by the rains has polluted the streams and their receiving beaches with pollution from overwhelmed septic systems and cesspools, animal waste, dead animals, and flood debris.

Surf environmentalists have been advocating for the State to post health warning signs, similar to those posted by lifeguards during heavy surf, to provide better public health protection in polluted conditions.

Surf breaks with high bacteria rates are Pakalas, Waikokos, Pine Trees, Kalapaki Bay, Rock Quarry, Wainiha Surf, The Bowl, Wainiha Stream, Kapa'a Beach Park, Koloa Landing, Hanamaulu Stream, Nawiliwili Stream, and Niumalu Beach Park.

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