Things are really crappy in California, and I mean that both figuratively and very, very literally.
According to California Healthline, government officials have focused their attention on the problem the state is having with the cleanliness of its water, which reportedly contains a high amount of fecal matter. One government official, in particular, is President Donald Trump himself, who has brought attention to the crisis at hand.
Trump tweeted out his disgust about the state of California’s environment, which he pegged as a massive problem occurring thanks to another massive problem, the overwhelming homeless crisis within the state.
“I can’t believe that Nancy Pelosi’s District in San Francisco is in such horrible shape that the City itself is in violation of many sanitary & environmental orders, causing it to owe the Federal Government billions of dollars – and all she works on is Impeachment,” tweeted Trump.
“We should all work together to clean up these hazardous waste and homeless sites before the whole city rots away. Very bad and dangerous conditions, also severely impacting the Pacific Ocean and water supply. Pelosi must work on this mess and turn her District around!” he added.
….We should all work together to clean up these hazardous waste and homeless sites before the whole city rots away. Very bad and dangerous conditions, also severely impacting the Pacific Ocean and water supply. Pelosi must work on this mess and turn her District around!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2019
Healthline wrote that, while California officials immediately disputed Trump’s claim, environmental officials can’t help but back Trump:
San Francisco officials were quick to dispute Trump’s claims. But some of California’s most prized rivers, beaches and streams are indeed contaminated with levels of fecal bacteria that exceed state limits, threatening kayakers, swimmers — and the state’s reputation as a bastion of environmental protection.
The presence of fecal bacteria in water is usually the result of problems with sewer systems and septic tanks. But water quality officials agree that the source of at least some of the fecal bacteria is California’s growing homeless population, most of whom don’t have reliable access to toilets.
“I’ve carried 5-gallon buckets that were unambiguously being used as toilets,” said David Gibson, executive officer of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, describing his experience cleaning up homeless encampments. “They were taking it to the San Diego River, dumping it there, and rinsing it out there.”
The levels are so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to Gavin Newsom back in September about the homelessness problem hurting the environment, specifically San Francisco. However, California officials fired back, accusing its accusers of “sensationalizing” the problem:
In addition to Trump’s tweets, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 26 alleging that the state’s lack of urgency on homelessness threatens public health by polluting nearby water with untreated human waste. It then issued a notice to San Francisco accusing it of violating the federal Clean Water Act.
Jared Blumenfeld, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, responded by accusing the federal EPA of retreating on clean water protection, and called the administration’s focus on the environmental impact of homelessness “sensationalized” and “misguided.”
Rest assured, this is far from sensationalized. The homelessness problem in California is so bad that the sanitary problems have been national news for some time. Between apps that warn you where piles of human feces have been spotted, and the revival of medieval diseases, California is a cesspool…literally.