NRDC Annual Beach Report – Closing & Advisory Days Hit Third-Highest Level in Two Decades

According to the 22nd Annual Beachwater Quality ReportTesting the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches released on June 27 by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), America’s beaches saw the third-highest number of closing and advisory days in more than two decades in 2011 and indicated that the nation’s seashores are being impacted by stormwater runoff and wastewater pollution, The report analyzes government data on beachwater testing results from 2011 at more than 3,000 beach testing locations nationwide. The report examines the pollution impacts at America’s beaches and calls for a timely, concerted effort to avert future beachwater pollution. The report provides a 5-star rating guide to 200 of the nation’s popular beaches, evaluating them for water quality and best practices for testing and public notification. The report also awards a dozen beaches with a 5-star rating, as well as highlights the top 15 “Repeat Offenders,” which repeatedly exhibit chronically high bacteria counts.

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