26 Jun '14, 4pm

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

Almost 3,500 Great Lakes and coastal beaches were surveyed in preparing the report. Of these, 10 percent contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most protective benchmark for swimmer safety. The results confirm that serious water pollution persists along the coasts , with massive stormwater runoff and sewage overflows historically being the largest known sources of the problem. The NRDC points out that: “Exposure to bacteria, viruses, and parasites in contaminated water can cause symptoms and diseases ranging from ear, nose, and eye infections to diarrhea, vomiting, hepatitis, encephalitis, skin rashes, and respiratory illnesses.” Um, no thank you!

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