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NRDC Annual Beach Report: Water Pollution Ruins Over 20,000 Days at the Beach for Third Straight Year

Press contacts: Jackie Wei, (310) 434-2325,

Testing the Waters 2013 – interactive zip-code searchable map

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Ratings Guide of Popular Beaches

NRDC issued star ratings to 200 popular beaches around the country. The star system awards up to five stars to each popular beach for exceptionally low violation rates and strong testing and safety practices. Criteria include testing more than once a week, notifying the public as soon as tests reveal bacterial levels violating health standards, and posting closings and advisories both online and at the beach. In 2012, thirteen beaches received a 5-star rating.

Ratings Guide of Popular Beaches online >>

Key Reports in PDF

State-by-State Analyses in PDF

Alabama Louisiana North Carolina
Alaska Maine Ohio
California Maryland Oregon
Connecticut Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delaware Michigan Rhode Island
Florida Minnesota South Carolina
Georgia Mississippi Texas
Hawaii New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New York Wisconsin

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Telepresser Recording

Listen to a recording of the live telepresser event announcing NRDC’s 23rd annual Testing the Waters report, recorded on June 26, 2013.



NRDC's staff blog

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