Near Record High Number of Beach Closings in 2010
From Bacteria to Oil, Nation's Beaches Took a Beating Last Year, Report Finds
Gulf Oil Spill Update: Some Cleanup Progress Made
This year’s report includes a special section dedicated to oil-related beach closures and advisories in the Gulf of Mexico region since the oil spill last year. “Two states -- Florida and Louisiana -- still have closure or advisory notices posted into 2011,” Devine said.
“In terms of overall figures, this was a big deal and it affected nearly 9,500 beach days around the Gulf in the last two years, but the oil spill is affecting fewer beaches now than last year.”
Beach Award Winners and Losers
The new report awarded “Superstar Beach” status to four U.S. beaches:
- Rehoboth Beach-Rehoboth Avenue Beach, in Sussex County, Dela.
- Dewey Beach, in Sussex County, Dela.
- Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach, in St. Louis County, Minn.
- Hampton Beach State Park in Rockingham County, N.H.
These awards are issued because winning beaches test their water more than once a week, notify the public promptly when tests reveal bacteria levels exceeding health standards, and post closings and advisories online and at the beach.
The report also listed the top 10 “Repeat Offender” beaches with persistently poor water quality year after year.
These repeat offenders include:
California: Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County (3 of 5 monitored sections):
- Avalon Beach - Near Busy B Café
- Avalon Beach - North of GP Pier
- Avalon Beach - South of GP Pier
California: Cabrillo Beach Station in Los Angeles County
California: Doheny State Beach in Orange County
- Doheny State Beach - North of San Juan Creek
- Doheny State Beach - Surf Zone at Outfall
Florida: Keaton Beach in Taylor County
Illinois: North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County
New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West in Ocean Couny
Ohio: Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County
Texas: Ropes Park in Nueces County
Wisconsin: Eichelman beach in Kenosha County
Wisconsin: South Shore Beach in Milwaukee
Curious how your favorite beach rates? Visit www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/200beaches.asp.