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2008-08-18 21:00:17

By MARY ANN ALBRIGHT Before jumping into lake, pond or ocean water, check for signs warning of public health dangers. As temperatures rise, so too do water quality concerns. It's tempting to head to the lake, pond or beach for a dip, but there are some risks to consider. Bacteria and waste found in untreated water can cause stomach flu- type symptoms, rashes, pink eye, earaches, respiratory problems, meningitis, hepatitis and other ailments particularly dangerous for children, elderly...

2008-07-31 18:00:29

By PAMELA WOOD Staff Writer An annual ranking of the water quality at the nation's beaches puts Maryland in the middle of the pack. The state ranked 14th out of 30 states for the number of beach days that were lost during the 2007 swimming season due to bacteria in the water, according to "Testing the Waters," a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report ranks beaches on the nation's oceans, bays and the Great Lakes. "We're continuing to see very high levels of...

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Wade Rawlins, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 30--Last year's drought had at least one benefit: It made the state's beaches some of the cleanest in the nation. Without stormwater runoff pouring into rivers that feed into the ocean, visitors to North Carolina beaches last year swam in much less bacterial pollution, according to the annual survey of water quality at public beaches released Tuesday. Nancy Stoner, director of the clean water project for the Natural...

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Kevin Clerici, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 30--Despite water-quality gains at beaches countywide, Rincon Beach in north Ventura County was one of the most polluted in California in 2007, according to a new Natural Resources Defense Council report. Water tested at the picturesque surf spot repeatedly failed to meet national minimum public health standards, joining repeat offenders Avalon on Santa Catalina Island and the Santa Monica Pier area as having the highest levels of fecal...

2005-07-28 13:42:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More and more U.S. beaches are being closed due to contamination, in part because there is more pollution and in part because of better monitoring, the National Resources Defense Council said on Thursday. The group's annual clean beaches report finds that beaches were closed or the subject of a health advisory on nearly 20,000 days in 2004, up 9 percent from 2003 and the most days since tracking started 15 years ago. "Instead of closing our beaches, let's clean up...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'