Posted: Jan 29, 2013 4:11 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 31, 2013 12:39 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality has stepped in saying bacteria levels are too high in Corpus Christi Bay near Cole and Ropes parks. So high, that it could cause a public health risk if not fixed. The city has been working to try and find out why this is happening. It's an investigation that led not to man, but man's best friend.
To give you an idea of how much bacteria that waste can put into our bay, according to a report done by A&M Corpus Christi, nearly 12 thousand dogs live in an area that dumps into the Corpus Christi Bay. If that animal waste wasn't picked up, it can lead to over 400 billion bacterial organisms per day in our bay.
"We just want people to be safe when they do enter these waters," said Lucio.
Lucio says that can't happen if people don't do their part in picking up their pet waste. The city and the Bays Foundation made that even easier by adding pet waste stations -at these locations marked in yellow- last year. And people working closely with the TCEQ want to remind residents, this issue isn't something to take lightly.
"If we don't plan as a community to get this taken care of, them um there consequences to that... On a federal level," said Lucio.
Pet waste isn't the only problem. The city along with the Bays Foundation plan to have a full idea of what is causing the high levels of bacteria by early next year.
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