In a story not unlike current issues before Cape Cod communities, the region in Mexico known as the Mayan Riviera is feeling the effects of unchecked development and tourism. The region between Cancun and Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula is home to Mayan ruins, beautiful mangroves, and extensive coral reefs. However the pressures of growth and mismanaged wastewater, amplified by the porous geology and network of underground rivers throughout the area, are causing widespread pollution and promoting the growth of reef-smothering algae.
With population projected to increase ten-fold by 2030, this is a problem that is not going away without a serious management intervention.
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