Too bad you can’t trust that having sunscreen and applying it frequently will be enough to have a nice, and healthy, day at beach. Many dangers are lurking where you can’t see or feel them—in the water.
Dirty beaches have become nationwide plagues. From storms to sewage overflows and overall water pollution, officials at certain counties have a hard time maintaining their shores’ cleanliness and reputation.
The following list is based on the latest available report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It is based on tests taken to see if the water quality meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s most protective benchmark for swimmer safety.
Over the last five years of this report, sections of 17 American beaches have stood out as having persistent contamination problems, with water samples failing to meet public health standards more than 25 percent of the time each year from 2009 to 2013.