I suppose my inherent optimism makes me bring this story to light: right now, Texas beaches are cleaner than in years. Runoff is so historically low this year, so far fewer stormwater pollutants have been flushed off the streets and surfaces, shepherded into conveyance, and discharged into the Gulf of Mexico. Fewer pollutants in the Gulf shore means cleaner beaches. Hopefully people escaping the heat at the beach are enjoying the better quality of the experience. And it’s probably best to avoid the beach after the next big storm rinses everything off.