The Jersey Shore, a classic summer hangout, has been transformed into a polluted and degraded version of itself. Rapid development has lead to excess pollution and garbage, outraging beach-goers that don't want their sand with a side of chemicals.
Development surrounding the shore has skyrocketed in recent decades--growing 37% in Ocean County and 27% in Monmouth County from 1995 to 2002. Thanks to development today's pollution rate is so high that people were turned away from the beaches 132 times in 2011 due to unsafe levels of water pollution.
Jersey Shore water pollution also causes the algae bloom that attracts jellyfish, so children can enjoy getting stung while wading in a brown tide.
Tell the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to act fast and clean up the Jersey Shore. New Jersey's locals and tourists should not have to swim in pollution due to irresponsible development.
Dear New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP),
The Jersey Shore's water quality has nosedived in the past few decades at the hands of skyrocketing development.
As New Jersey authorizes more and more developments, the Jersey Shore suffers due to hazardous waste disposal. The Jersey Shore was closed 132 times in 2011 because the water was too unhealthy to swim in.
Please take a stand and represent the citizens of New Jersey--who do not want pollution driving away one of the most coveted pastimes of the Garden State.
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