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Is Yours the Best Beach in America?
Can you guess where the nation's top four cleanest, most pristine beaches are located? (Nope, not in Kauai or the Outer Banks).
...And the winners are:
Delaware: Rehoboth Beach-Rehoboth Avenue Beach, in Sussex County
Delaware: Dewey Beach, in Sussex County
Minnesota: Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach, in St. Louis County
New Hampshire: Hampton Beach State Park in Rockingham County
"These beaches deserve special notice for not only receiving a 5-star rating this year, but for having perfect testing results for the past three years, indicating a history of very good water quality," says the report.
You can check the status of your local beach, and read the full report, Testing the Waters, by going to NRDC.org.
Wondering what you should do if you happen to live near one
of the dirtiest beaches in the country, like Florida's Keaton Beach or
California's Avalon Beach? Well, think twice about
splashing around with your kids (as children are more likely to open their
mouths while swimming, they tend to take in more contaminated water). Devine
suggests contacting your local officials or beach managers asking them questions about their waterfront monitoring practices and
how often they issue advisories. The NRDC is also urging communities to consider
"green infrastructure," like permeable pavement that absorbs rainwater instead of letting it run off into the sand and ocean. For more beach safety tips, check out this guide from the NRDC.