Drifting Litter - the scourge of our beaches and wildlife
Dangerous Dandenong Valley trash reaches Kingston and Frankston beaches.
The Patterson River launching ramp and car park at Carrum is submerged by flood water several times a year. Its been designed to do so in order that the areas up stream don't flood. As the water recedes, the water borne detritus (mostly of plant origin) that is not flushed to the bay and driven back onto Seaford and Carrum Beach by north westerly winds or Bonbeach and Chelsea beach by south westerly winds remains in the car park where it is cleaned up by launching ramp manager Parks Victoria.
The photo to the right was taken in July 2011 prior to the mess being cleaned up. This material inclusive of the plastic beads shown below has also observed on Chelsea, Bonbeach, Carrum and Seaford Beach. The plastic beads were reported to the EPA over 10 years ago but are still regularly found. The Parks Victoria Ranger on duty at the time advised that he was aware of the plastic beads but that it was an EPA problem. The photos speak for themselves.