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Beach Report: 10 Percent of America's Beach Water Samples Fail Safety Test

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

Testing the Waters 2014 – interactive zip-code searchable map

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Superstar Beaches

NRDC has dubbed these 35 popular beaches around the country as our Superstars! Out of a list of hundreds of popular beaches nationwide we developed over several years in consultation with state officials, NRDC's Superstar Beaches are those that did not exceed the previous national standard between 2009-2012 by more than 2% AND also did not exceed the EPA's new, more protective water quality threshold, the Beach Action Value (BAV), by more than 2% in 2013.

Percent exceedance rates in 2009-2012 are based on the national single-sample maximum standard for designated beach areas of 104 enterococcus bacteria colony forming units (cfu)/100 ml marine or estuarine water that was in place during those years. Exceedance rates for 2013 are based on the EPA's new Beach Action Value of 60 enterococcus bacteria cfu/100 ml marine or estuarine water. Beaches with fewer than 12 monitoring samples reported during the year are excluded from this list.

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


How Natural Solutions Help Keep Our Beaches Clean


Photo Bank & Slideshows

Telepresser Recording

Listen to a recording of the live telepresser event announcing NRDC’s 24th annual Testing the Waters report, recorded on June 25, 2014.



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