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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...

2008-08-02 00:00:14

By The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Aug. 2--Hilton Head Island was the in the enviable position this week of sitting back and watching officials up the coast scramble to defend water quality off their beaches. Hilton Head did well in an annual report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, but the report had state and Horry and Georgetown county officials parsing the data used. The council reported that eight of South Carolina's 10 most contaminated beaches are along the...

2008-08-01 12:00:41

By James Rosen / McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON - A prominent environmental group trashed South Carolina's beaches Tuesday, ranking their waters the sixth-most contaminated in the country. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control strongly disputed the findings of the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC. It accused the environmental group of using incomplete or erroneous data. Among 1,214 samples taken and tested at 22 beaches along the South Carolina coast last...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Daily Breezeial Southern California beaches received their annual grading from the Natural Resources Defense Council this week, and some of the results were appalling. Swimmers might conclude that they should look, but not touch. Beautiful Santa Catalina Island produced the ugliest results. Beaches at Avalon got four of the 10 worst rankings. The absolute worst, Avalon beach north of the pier, had excessive bacterial contamination in 83 percent of its weekly water samplings. The...

2008-07-30 21:00:25

By Kristin S. Agostoni Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro and Catalina Island's Avalon Beach are ranked once again as two of the state's most polluted stretches of coastline. A survey released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council tracked water samples and beach closures at sites across the country. It found that in California, seven of the 10 most polluted sites were in Los Angeles County, including the inner section of Cabrillo and four parts of Avalon Beach. Both areas were...

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2008-07-30 12:15:00

By John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. The water at ocean and Great Lakes beaches across the U.S. were posted as unsafe for swimming for 22,571 days in 2007, the second-highest level since the Natural Resources Defense Council began keeping track in 1991. The total is down 12 percent from the number of days closed in 2006. But the environmental group, which tracks U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data, said 2007 saw the second-highest rate of beach closings in the 18 years they have...

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By David Funkhouser, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 30--Connecticut's Long Island Sound beaches had a cleaner year in 2007 than the year before, bucking a national trend, although the improvement may simply be a result of drier weather. The state ranked roughly in the middle of coastal states examined by the Natural Resources Defense Council in its 18th annual "Testing the Waters" report, which was released Tuesday. Water contamination and unsafe bacteria levels prompted swimming...

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...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

By Aliana Ramos, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 29--The Natural Resources Defense Council today released a report that listed beaches in Horry and Georgetown County among the top 10 beaches in the state exceeding South Carolina's daily bacteria levels. But spokesmen for the city of Myrtle Beach and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism said the NRDC's report is flawed. "We test twice a week, not once a week, as the NRDC report claimed,"said Mark Kruea,...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

By Robert T. Garrett, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 29--AUSTIN -- Just two Texas beaches won praise today in an environmental group's ratings of clean water and protecting the public. Stewart Beach Park on Galveston Island's east end and McGee Beach near downtown Corpus Christi earned one star each in the Natural Resources Defense Council's review of three years of bacteria tests and health practices at 3,516 beaches and beach segments nationwide. Nationally, 322 beaches received one...


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