Proposal would ban balloons on Bainbridge Island – USAPosted on September 6, 2017 by DrRossH in Balloons
City Councilman floating new ordinance cites environmental concerns.
The Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and “many other governmental and nongovernmental organizations warn that balloons can kill marine mammals, birds, and other wildlife by entanglement or ingestion,” Scott wrote in an introduction to the ordinance.
“The attached ordinance addresses this issue and will assure that these threats to marine and terrestrial wildlife will not originate from Bainbridge Island,” he wrote.
These balloons serve no real purpose but are of considerable harm to wildlife
Trash in the water, including balloons, affects more than 260 species worldwide, according to Ocean Conservancy, a national environmental advocacy group: “Animals, birds and fish get sick or choke when they eat balloon fragments and plastic valves and attachments. Many other marine animals drown when they get entangled in trailing ribbon or string.”