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A List of The Dirtiest Beaches You Should Avoid This Summer

  • If your beach is looking like this one it might be time to move on and raise your standards.  Hint: This is probably a photoshop, but I could be wrong.

    If your beach is looking like this one it might be time to move on and raise your standards. Hint: This is probably a photoshop, but I could be wrong.

    Headed to the beach this summer? You will want to check this list to see if your beach is killing you.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council has compiled a list of beaches where the water is a health hazard due to contamination from sewage overflows and storm water runoff.



    The beaches in many places are open and many beaches are very clean,” said Jon Devine, senior attorney in the NRDC water program. “But there are pollution problems that lead to beach contaminations, closures and advisories that have not been adequately been dealt with at the national scale. There are a number of opportunities at the national level to clean up those sources.”

    The study included data gathered at more than 3,200 beaches nationwide.

    Both the EPA and the NRDC stress that beach water pollution can cause waterborne illnesses that include vomiting, diarrhea, eye infections, itchy skin and other serious health problems, and ask visitors to check water quality at their beach here before they visit.

    If your beach is on the list or contaminated, go here to find a clean one.

    Or, swim at your own risk.

    THE CLEANEST

    Delaware: Rehoboth Beach-Rehoboth Avenue Beach in Sussex County
    Delaware: Dewey Beach in Sussex County
    Minnesota: Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach in St. Louis County
    New Hampshire: Hampton Beach State Park in Rockingham County

    THE DIRTIEST: REPEAT OFFENDERS

    California: Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County (3 of 5 monitored sections)
    Avalon Beach – Near Busy B Café
    Avalon Beach – North of GP Pier
    Avalon Beach – South of GP Pier
    California: Cabrillo Beach Station in Los Angeles County
    California: Doheny State Beach in Orange County (2 of 6 monitored sections)
    Doheny State Beach – North of San Juan Creek
    Doheny State Beach – Surf Zone at Outfall
    Florida: Keaton Beach in Taylor County
    Illinois: North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County
    New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County
    Ohio: Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County
    Texas: Ropes Park in Nueces County
    Wisconsin: Eichelman beach in Kenosha County
    Wisconsin: South Shore Beach in Milwaukee


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