The NRDC released their 23rd Annual Testing the Waters Report and the water at your local beach might be contaminated by human and animal waste, putting your health at risk: bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens in that waste can make exposed swimmers sick.
What causes this contamination? Last year, across the country, the largest known contributor to beach closings or health advisory days was stormwater pollution. Likewise, untreated sewage spills and overflows were frequently to blame for closing or advisory days.
The NRDC report presents information on water quality and beach closings and swimming advisories at more than 3,000 U.S. beaches along the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes. In addition, we’ve rated 200 of the nation’s popular beaches, based on their water quality and monitoring and notification practices.