Skip to comments.Swim at your own risk: America's dirtiest beaches revealed in shocking new study
Posted on 06/30/2012 3:36:46 AM PDT by Pinkbell
With the summer in full swing and temperatures rising into the mid-90s, it may seem like a great idea to take a cool dip in the ocean, but according to a new report, some beach-goers may be getting more than they bargained for.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental group, published on Wednesday its 22nd annual report which showed that storm water runoff and sewage pollution continue to spoil many of America's shores.
The study titled Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches examined the results of water testing data at more than 3,200 beaches nationwide, which suggest that beaches continued to suffer from serious contamination and pollutants by human and animal waste in 2011.
As a result, U.S. beaches had the third-highest number of closing and advisory days in more than two decades only slightly lower than in 2010.
Two-thirds of those closings and advisories were caused by bacteria levels surpassing public health standards.
Swimming in bacteria-infested waters can cause stomach flu, skin rashes and pinkeye. The report stated that children tend to be most susceptible to these and other waterborne illnesses likely because they tend to submerge their heads.
The NRDC report labelled 15 beaches in California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin as repeat offenders.
Louisiana fared particularly poorly, with 29 per cent of the reported water samples below safety standards, followed by Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.
However, there was some marginally good news in the report. The number of beaches that violate national recommended health standards remained steady at 8 per cent the same level as 2010.
A dozen U.S. beaches received a five-star rating from the NRDC, indicating strong testing and safety practices, as well as low violation rates.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that up to 3.5million people become ill from contact with raw sewage from sanitary sewer overflows each year, and that number could even be higher since many people who become ill after swimming in polluted water are unaware of the underlying cause of their symptoms, and it often goes unreported.
The NRDC has called on the EPA to revise the new water quality criteria it has been developing, which the non-profit claims would leave beach-goers even less protected than in 1986, when the current standards were adopted.
The draft criteria, which are expected to be finalized this coming October, are based on what EPA has determined is an acceptable gastrointestinal illness risk of 3.6 per cent.
According to NRDC, that means the agency deems it acceptable for one in 28 swimmers to become ill with gastroenteritis from swimming in water that just meets its proposed water quality criteria.
The thought of having a 1/28 chance of getting the stomach flu is not something I'd want to gamble. The stomach flu is horrible.
My cousin and I both picked up a stomach virus (we think) from swimming in Lake Erie when we were kids. My cousin's brother didn't get it, though, and he was in the water too. It make the five hour trip home a nightmare, and neither of us wishes to swim in a lake anymore. My parents ended up getting the virus too. However, his brother who swam in the lake with us didn't get it. He doesn't like to swim in lakes anymore either, though, after he got an ear infection after swimming in a lake on a Boy Scout's trip. Anyway, here's the list for all of you who may be considering swimming at these beaches:
AMERICA'S DIRTIEST BEACHES
California: Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County (3 of 5 monitored sections)
California: Doheny State Beach in Orange County (3 of 6 monitored sections)
Illinois: Winnetka Elder Park Beach in Cook County
Illinois: North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County
Louisiana: Constance Beach in Cameron Parish
Louisiana: Gulf Breeze in Cameron Parish
Louisiana: Little Florida in Cameron Parish
Louisiana: Long Beach in Cameron Parish
Louisiana: Rutherford Beach in Cameron Parish
New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County
New York: Woodlawn Beach Woodlawn Beach State Park in Erie County
New York: Ontario Beach in Monroe County
Ohio: Euclid State Park in Cuyahoga County
Ohio: Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County
Wisconsin: South Shore Beach in Milwaukee County
I think also that you will find these sewer beaches are located smack dab in the center of districts which support Obama and his movement of liberal fascists.
There is no such thing as “stomach flu.”
Its proper name is gastroenteritis.
The EPA is more concerned with control than your health, leave this to Obamataxcare.
There most likely near out flows from sewer treatment plants...spells happen...have it At the number one beach siesta key Florida.. Not every often but it happens..
Yes, the EPA wages demographic warfare on the People.
These liberal fascists have a very effective tool at hand.
Unlike Hitler’s baking and burning the People in gas ovens,our versioon of liberal fascism will be able to amplify toxic waste sites in Red States and kill off their opposition.
As long as the toxic places are in leftist areas, I will continue to applaud.
Ontario Beach in Monroe County NY is adjacent to the outflow of the Genessee River immediately after it flows through the city of Rochester. The older houses are connected directly to the river with predictable results. But there is an outstanding merry-go-round at the beach.
A.K.A: Septic tanks.
Freaking cityRATs....let em fester.
I’d be interested in seeing the tests for Hanauma Bay, HI.
Here’s evidence that this whole exercise is 100% worthless:
Monmouth 7th Ave. (Belmar) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% once a week yes yes
Monmouth Sylvania (Avon) 5.0% 5.6% 0.0% once a week yes yes
Belmar gets 5 stars, Sylvania 2 stars. The 2 test points appear to be .8 miles from each other.
What a POS “study”.
Don’t know about the others, but there is a sewage treatment plant very close to Doheny.
i live near coney island. how is that not atop the list?
Yet another case of an advocacy group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, issuing a press release and having it treated as “news”.
In Santa Cruz, CA, they close beaches due to "coliform bacteria." Of course, the implication is that the source is human. The problem with that idea is that it is more likely due to the harbor seals nearby and the sea lion colony from up the coast. Of course, the bureaucrats don't measure those sources, because they're "Natural." I am told that the algae plume from Ano Nuevo beach is visible from the air.
Oh, and before you go trusting the NRDC as a source of honest environmentalism, best you read this first.
Hanauma Bay water is great. You have to go a couple miles to find a sewage outlet, near sandy beach.
The place with nasty water is the Ala Wai Canal
I guess they came up with the $$ it takes to stay off the list.
Nice to hear Coney Island still HAS a beach...
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