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From: "Harris, Gardiner" >
Date: August 9, 2016 at 2:00:04 PM EDT
To: "Velz, Peter T. EOP" >
Subject: private beach, saltwater pond, family and friends; pool #3
The president and Michelle Obama, the first lady, are spending the day at the beach with family and friends, according to a White House official.
As mentioned in a previous pool report, the beach is on a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and Edgartown Great Pond, whose brackish waters have been under threat in recent decades because of excessive levels of nitrogen. But unlike the Chesapeake Bay or South Florida, where much of the excessive nitrogen comes from agricultural run-off, Martha's Vineyard's saltwater ponds are being fouled by too much human urination, according to the Great Pond Foundation<>http://www.greatpondfoundation.org/discover-the-pond/<#learnhome>. The island's population has soared in recent decades, swelling to as much as 100,000 at the height of the summer season.
Some 90 percent of the Vineyard's homes have septic systems, which filter out bacterial contamination but do nothing to stop excessive levels of nitrogen, according to the foundation.
Your pool is holding in a bus nearby with plenty of bottled water. Horrified at playing even a small role in this unfortunate cycle, your pooler promises to drink abstemiously.
White House Correspondent
The New York Times
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