The Filthiest Beaches in the US
New report card ranks cleanest, dirtiest in the nation
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2013 4:50 PM CDT
The Avalon Harbor and beach on Catalina Island.   (AP Photo/Sheri Malone)

(Newser) – There's something dangerous lurking in the water at many US beaches, and it isn't a shark. It's bacteria, and it's fouling up many of America's shorelines thanks to runoff from treatment plants and old sewer lines, which can put swimmers at risk of hepatitis, dysentery, and stomach flu, NPR reports. "It's urban slobber flowing untreated into our waterways," says a spokesperson from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which says the EPA needs to reform its national stormwater requirements.

The NRDC just released its annual report card on the best and worst beaches in the US. Amongst the findings: Top of the worst offenders list is Avalon Beach in Los Angeles, which is joined by California's Orange Doheny State Beach, Indiana's Lake Jeorse Park Beach, New Jersey's Ocean Beachwood Beach, and many others as the least reliable places for a clean swim; on a state-by-state basis, Ohio was the dirtiest, with more than 500 samples failing national standards. If you want a healthy place to take a dip, try Alabama's Gulf Shores Public Beach, California's San Clemente State Beach, or Delaware's Dewey Beach, which were among those scoring top marks.

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Jul 19, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
Public swimming has risks....every year there are outbreaks of this or that. A few days ago at a local park there was E-Coli in the water with people being sickened. Young kids swimming in diapers....YUMMY! Makes me want to go swimming right now! I won't let my daughter swim at public pools so she has to swim at the neighbors or use a hose.
Jul 1, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
So ,, its looks like BP did not Ruin Americas beaches as the left wing media screamed for months But, it also looks like Democrats have ruined their states beaches, ,typical left wing crap, Ruin it and ask for more regulations and money to Bail your sorry asses out,, Again!!! I see why Democrats keep increasing the size of government, You assholes have no self control or decency!
Jul 1, 2013 8:59 AM CDT
WOW!! I saw the headline and thought it was another story about Russ Limbo, Saintly Sarah PAY-LINE or Michelle Bachmann,turns out it wasn't even about Paul Ryan or that witch from New Jersey it was about beaches( dirty sand&polluted water for the Texas folks that can read and think their beaches are normal)