Sandy Beach Restoration in Heavily Populated Areas

by Alessandro M. Filippo, Universidade do Estado do Rio de, Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
David Man Wai Zee, Universidade do Estado do Rio de, Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: Urban coastal areas are marked by several conflicts between its use and the conservation of its use and the conservation of its natural features. The Rio de Janeiro State University - UERJ - Oceanography Department has been developing a methodology for the effective cleaning and conservation of urban beaches. Keeping the sands both safe from pathogenic organisms and aesthetically presentable has been the aim of this work. The applied methodologies for the reduction of harmful microorganisms to human health, and the management of contaminated pools caused by the overflow of the rain water drainage system polluted by domestic sewer are being presented in this paper. UERJ has been counseling the Municipal Company of Waste Removal of Rio de Janeiro (COMLURB) in the maintenance of good environmental quality in the beaches of Rio de Janeiro city since 1989.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Beaches | Urban areas | Organisms | Management methods | Public health and safety | Water pollution

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