The Environmental Protection Agency reports one in ten of America's beaches failed the annual water test due to dangerously high levels of pollution.
The 24th annual beach report, released on June 25, 2014, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), identifies storm water runoff and sewage overflows as the main cause.
Before taking a plunge into potty water, here are the beaches known as "Repeat Offenders," failing to meet the NRDC's public health criterion:
1) California: Malibu Pier in Los Angeles County
2) Indiana: Jeorse Park Beaches 1 and 2 in Lake County
3) Massachusetts: Cockle Cove Creek in Sarnstable County
4) Maine: Goodies Beach in Knox County
5) New Jersey: Beachwood Beach in Ocean County
6) New York: Main Street Beach in Chautauqua County
7) New York: Ontario Beach in Monroe County
8) Ohio: Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula County
9) Ohio: Arcadia Beach in Cuyahoga County
10) Ohio: Euclid State Park in Cuyahoga County
11) Ohio: Noble Beach in Cuyahoga County
12) Ohio: Sims Beach in Cuyahoga County
13) Ohio: Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County
14) Ohio: Edson Creek in Erie County (oh no, Ohio)
15) Wisconsin: South Shore Beach in Milwaukee County
With storm water and sewage overflows being the main contributor, the EPA says the best way to chip away at those high pollution numbers is to prevent it from happening in the first place (Just think of the Beano commercial. Oh yes, I went there). The EPA suggests increasing the amount of green infrastructure, like green roofs and roadside plantings to help reduce the amount of pollution for the next time a rainstorm is on the radar.
You can learn more about preventing seawater pollution by visiting the Natural Resources Defense Council’s media site.