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The world’s largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean, covers about one third of the Earth’s surface. All Oceanside water bodies drain to the Pacific Ocean. The biggest source of marine pollution comes from waste that enters inland rivers from illegal dumping and littering. The rivers then empty into the Pacific Ocean, and carry with them various types of debris. The North Pacific Garbage Patch is a result of this debris being trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. The North Pacific Gyre is a clockwise circulation of water that generally dominates the North Pacific Ocean. Caught within the gyre are exceptionally high concentrations of pollution including plastic pieces, chemical sludge, and other debris. By properly disposing trash in the trash cans, additional pollution can be prevented from reaching our local creeks, rivers and the Pacific Ocean.
Recreational Activities: Fishing, swimming, surfing, walking, biking, boating, bird watching.
Public Access: Multiple access points from Pacific Street, The Strand and the Harbor
Report any water running in the street when it is not raining or someone dumping something in the storm drain or curb and gutter by calling the
Urban Runoff Hotline at 760-435-4500.