Thursday, July 19, 2012

Catching Rays & Contamination at the Beach

What do you like to do during the summer?  With some of us facing scorching hot temperatures with little relief in sight, many of us are headed to the nearest beach to cool off.  Well....before you go, you might want to check out the newly released 21st Annual Testing the Waters: a Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches report as developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Identifying both superstar beaches and repeat offenders, the report is compiled from a sampling of water from over 3,000 beaches across the nation.  Unfortunately, last year resulted in the second highest contaminations in the history of the NRDC report with samples containing oil, animal waste and human waste, how disgusting and disheartening :(

According to the NRDC, clean beach water naturally supports public health as well as the economies of coastal communities that rely on tourism to support local jobs and generate income.  It's important that we all do our part to keep our beaches clean!

NRDC Superstar Beaches:
  • Delaware: Rehoboth Beach-Rehoboth Avenue Beach, Sussex County
  • Delaware: Dewey Beach, Sussex County
  • Minnesota: Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach, St. Louis County
  • New Hampshire: Hampton Beach State Park, Rockingham County
NRDC Repeat Offenders:
  • California: Avalon Beach, Los Angeles County
  • California: Cabrillo Beach Station, Los Angeles County
  • California: Doheny State Beach, Orange County
  • Florida: Keaton Beach, Taylor County
  • Illinois: North Point Marina North Beach, Lake County
  • New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West, Ocean County
  • Ohio: Villa Angela State Park, Cuyahoga County
  • Texas: Ropes Park, Nueces County
  • Wisconsin: Eicheiman Beach, Kenosha County
  • Wisconsin: South Shore Beach, Milwaukee

For more information, visit the Natural Resources Defense Council or view the complete Testing the Waters: a Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches report here. 

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Dewey Beach, Delaware by Lee Cannon

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