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Is your local beach polluted? Check our guide to finding a clean beach:

Is your local beach polluted? Check our guide to finding a clean beach:

Guide to Finding a Clean Beach How to find out whether state and local authorities test for beach pollution, and what they do if they find it. En Español photo: Jake Rome In 2009, there were 18,682 days of closings and advisories at U.S. beaches Wondering how clean the water is at your favorite vacation spot? Finding an answer can be tricky. There is no national protocol for protecting the public from unsafe swimming water, so beach testing and closing/health advisory practices vary from beach to beach and state to state. Some localities regularly test the water quality at their beaches, while others don't. Even when states and localities perform tests, they don't always notify the public or close beaches when bacteria levels in the water exceed health standards. Finding Help Online Here's how you can try to check the safety of your favorite beach before you head out for a...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/guide.asp

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