When it comes to making the list of “The Top Ten Greenest States In U.S.”, Maryland is nowhere to be found. However, Ocean City’s Beach 6 did receive a five-star rating for water quality. This is based off of the presence of harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites in its coastal waters due to sewage and stormwater runoff, according to Eco18.com. This is pretty impressive since, according to this article, 8 million people visit Ocean City per year and furthermore, only twelve other beaches, out of 200 in the U.S., were awarded this five star rating!
Other factors that helped Ocean City receive a high rating included the regular monitoring of water quality, as well as the city's effort to cleaning the beaches each night, which limits the amount of pollution potentially making its way into the ocean. Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin was quoted in an article posted on WJLA’s website stating that, “Our outflow from our sewage treatment plant is being tested constantly, so everything the town of Ocean City does really leads to having clean water.”
Other beaches that received a five-star rating included local beaches, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. The complete list can be found on the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Ocean City works hard to keep its beaches clean and they do it for those who utilize it as a place for relaxation and enjoyment. Therefore, if you are one of these people who take advantage, be sure to clean up after yourself and leave only your footprints. As Marylanders, we should be proud to make the list of containing one of the "most eco-friendly beaches in the US" and hopefully in the future our state will progress towards making its way onto other lists, such as one of the most eco-friendly, sustainable states in the nation. Come on, Maryland, we can do it!