Fall 2006 Open Spaces Create Clean Water—Part 2
In the previous issue of Symbiosis, we presented the evidence for the relationship between open spaces and clean water. In this issue, we want to focus on how to incorporate what we already know about that relationship between open spaces and clean water into sound and well-crafted public policies.
Let’s begin by looking at a recent example a public policy decision which may have resulted in a public health problem. Spinach contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 in California’s Central coast led to a nationwide
Inside this issue….
1 Feature Story 2 Feature Story (cont.)
3 From the Editor 3 Fall Chautauqua Programs
4 Malibu Public Access Enhancement Plan
5 Malibu (cont.) Edward Albert Land Stewardship Workshop
4 Science News 5 Volunteer Calendar
6 Save these Fall Dates
7 Volunteer Happenings
8 LA River Story 9 Featured Plant and Animal
10 Photo Gallery
A gathering of Pelicans at Malibu Lagoon, where Malibu Creek enters Santa Monica Bay.
outbreak in 26 states, with 199 reported cases, 102 hospitalizations and 3 deaths. Besides the unfortunate cost in human life, economic losses to California farmers have been estimated to be as high as 74 million dollars.
Unwise public policy decisions can lead to public health issues.
Although the investigation into the outbreak is still continuing, there is evidence of water contamination. Samples of manure taken from three cattle at
a ranch less than a mile from the suspect spinach field precisely matched the strain of E. coli 0157:H7 taken from infected patients.
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