Monday, September 24, 2007

First Flush

Or, "How three plastic nerds spend a rainy saturday morning for kicks".

First Flush, a poetic sounding term for a less savory phenomenon, when that long awaited first rain of the season washes our unsightly urban crap - garbage, chemical spillage, animal waste, pesticides, oil, human-gastrointestinal viruses, etc. - into storm drains and out to sea, leaving our streets nice and clean again. Phew.

I mean eeew......


After last friday night's downpour, Marcus, Sara and I headed down to the Ballona Creek for a morning after reality check.




















According to Heal the Bay, this year's first flush was of particular concern, as we've had one of the driest seasons in 130 years.....


Here are some images of what we found:






















Is it me, or does that not look like a floating plastic body?




Lighters and syringes and toys, oh my....





What happens to your disposables when you love 'em and leave 'em.






































Thank god someone else is picking up after us.........

4 comments:

JAMIE said...

That is a really sad sight. I am now very anti-plastic. I work in a retail establishment and really hate it with a person needs the BIGGEST bag we have for a piece of Cardboard.

Matt! said...

fuck! I wish the people who need to see this 1) would see it 2) gave a shit.

Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank said...

Wow. I can't even bring myself to go down to the beach and look at the damage, but I know it's there after Tuesday night.

I agree with Matt. How can we help people to see? I mean, we can blog all we want, but the people reading our blogs are probably not the ones littering!

LifeLessPlastic said...

Hot damn, that's disgusting! If we had a first flush in Chicago, I think I could get our trashy news rag the Red Eye to pick up the story. It's a free newspaper that's geared towards commuter train riders so they always run stories about the environment (and Britney Spears). They would eat this sort of news story up. Oh, by the way, they just ran an article about plastic the other day. I was suprised.