STUDY: One in 10 U.S. Beaches Fail the Bacteria Test
Uh oh …
One out of 10 U.S. beaches tested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for bacteria and viruses failed the test.
These bacteria and viruses can cause some nasty diseases like dysentery, hepatitis, stomach flu, infections, and rashes.
The scientists who were doing the testing found that beaches near waterways that are fed by storm-water runoff from city streets also include trash, chemicals, oil – as well as animal and human waste.
Beaches on the Great Lakes seem to have the most problems, but things are pretty disgusting at certain beaches everywhere from California to New York – and Alaska to the Gulf Coast.
If you live in Delaware, New Hampshire, or New Jersey, you’re in luck. Beaches in your states are the cleanest by far. (Philly)