Oceans at Risk
Trash Washes up on the Shores of the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a country known for its beautiful beaches, but recently, pollution has started to ruin the shores.
Montesinos Beach is a popular beach in the capital city of Santo Domingo.
Unfortunately for Montesinos Beach, it is now struggling with garbage that is washing up.
The pollution is a reminder of the thousands of tons of plastic in the world’s oceans, like the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, a floating island of waste three times the size of France.
Hundreds of excavators may try to lift the garbage on Montesinos Beach, but new waves will bring even more.
Since last week, 60 tons of garbage have been collected.
The pollution in the Dominican Republic is only a small example of a larger global problem.
Plastic dumped in and near rivers washes into the ocean, and only a small percentage comes back to the shore. The majority moves to the high seas.
The plastic waste washing onto Montesinos Beach comes from the Ozama River, which flows into the Caribbean nearby.
Aerial view of the Ozama River meeting the Caribbean below and upstream above.
Local environmentalists said that both wildlife and humans are at risk from debris and toxic particles in the water.
Unless Dominicans stop using the rivers and beaches as dumps, the pollution will continue to be a problem.
Written by Koray Williams, Edited by Alexander Fleiss