Ratings 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.

NRDC Ratings for a Selection of U. S. Popular Beaches

County Beach Name Stars % of samples exceeding national standards Monitoring frequency Posts closings/ advisories online and at beach Posts advisories without resampling
2012 2011 2010

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