Using sewage as a resource could prevent spills in the future

:16 – On Monday, more than eight million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Dominguez Channel in Carson.  Because of this spill, beaches in Long Beach remain closed.

The Long Beach Health Department continues to test the waters to determine when it is safe to go back into the water, but the long-term effects of sewage spills like this aren’t good.

Dr. Stephanie Wear, the newest member of The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Board of Directors, has been instrumental in the aquarium joining the Ocean Sewage Alliance (OSA). The organization is working to reverse the negative effects of sewage in our oceans.

According to the United Nations, approximately 80% of the world’s wastewater is discharged into the environment untreated, and the majority ends up in the ocean.

Dr. Wear says it is time to “re-potty train” the world and start seeing our sewage as a resource. You can learn more about Ocean Sewage Alliance and its partners here.

Read more about the sewage spill here.

22:29 – This time last year was different for all of us. Then, the Post’s own Tim Grobaty had to quarantine for 80 days. He joins us to look back over the last year, and then we discuss why staying safe at home is no longer happening.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.