Last week, I went for a swim at a popular South Side beach. When I got into the water, I realized it was full of oily suds, large amounts of toilet paper and other questionable material. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have experienced this "Horror in the Water."
As a past volunteer in the turtle-nesting program, I can certainly tell the difference between human waste and turtle poop. This incident included actual toilet paper in the water, thereby making it quite obvious this had nothing to do with turtles. I have also heard many reports from other locals who have this same story to tell.
These kinds of actions are what created the need for the fantastic organization "Pump Don't Dump" (www.pumpdontdump.com). As a result of their spotlight on this issue, a pumping program run by the county at Ma'alaea Harbor is available, so there is no excuse for any boat to pollute our waters in this manner.
Whoever dumps their waste in our waters has no right to endanger the health of humans, and all our brothers and sisters of the sea.
There have been too many reports of staph infections from swimming at our beaches. One has only to look at the pictures of our turtles covered in tumors to make the connection.
What will it take for these boat owners to act pono?
If you have had this experience, please write to this newspaper!
Please help to stop this horrifying and unnecessary practice by exposing this harmful behavior.