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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.

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