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Photo of the Week (5/25/10)


Toxic Waste
sewage outflow
Steve Spring/Marine Photobank
Images and video of the Delray Beach sewage outfall discharging millions of gallons of sewage upcurrent of coral reefs each day for 40 years helped persuade legislators to close the pipe. Even treated sewage can contain a wide range of pollutants, including toxic chemicals, natural and synthetic hormones, pharmaceuticals and pathogens. Furthermore, decaying organic matter in sewage—as in the case of the Delray Beach outfall—can promote the growth of harmful algal blooms.

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