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.
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