29 Jun '11, 3pm

NRDC Annual Beach Report: What's lurking in the waves at your favorite beach?

As the picture to the right indicates, I’m more of a beach sleeper (to the apparent consternation of my niece) than I am a swimmer , especially now that I’ve become a complete wimp about cold water in my middle age. But, if you are a swimmer, you may want to find out more about water quality and the beach management practices at your favorite swimming spot. According to NRDC’s 21st annual beachwater quality report – out today -- beach closings and advisories totaled more than 24,000 days last year. That’s the second highest number in the more than two decades that NRDC has put out this report. Seventy percent of those were issued because bacteria levels exceeded public health standards, indicating the presence of human and animal waste.

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