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Dirty beaches

If you're heading to the beach, you probably don't have water quality concerns at the top of your list. 
But some of the country's beach water is dirty and may even make us sick. 
   
How beaches are fairing this year based on a 2013 report on 2012 data.
The latest report card on the health of America's beaches finds that for the 3rd consecutive year, there have been more than 20,000 closings and advisory days due to dirty water. 

The report is put out each summer by the National Resources Defense Council.   
The numbers of closures and alerts for 2012 are actually down from the year before because we had less rain and therefore less runoff, one of the major sources of pollution to our waterways. 

About 80 % of these closures were issued because bacteria levels exceeded public health standards.  Raw sewage may be partly to blame. 

Illnesses linked to swimming in contaminated water can include upset stomach, skin rashes, ear, nose and throat problems, pink eye, respiratory infections, and hepatitis. 

Young children and older people are most at risk.
More than one hundred beaches in Florida had bacteria levels that exceeded the state standards  last year

76 beaches (12%) had >0-10% of their samples exceed state standard(s)
23 beaches (4%) had >10-20% of their samples exceed state standard(s)
21 beaches (3%) had more than 20% of their samples exceed state standard(s)


Escambia    Sanders Beach    1    1/week    53    8%    21

Escambia    Bayou Chico    1    2/month    20    30%    63    view

Escambia    Bayview Park    1    1/week    53    45%    112    view

Escambia    Big Lagoon State Park    1    2/month    20    15%    12    view


Okaloosa    Brackin Wayside    1    1/week    41    20%    55    view
Okaloosa    Camp Timpoochee    1    none    22    23%    35    view

Okaloosa    Clement-Taylor    1    1/week    17    28%    35    view

Okaloosa    East Pass    1    1/week    39    28%    64    view

Okaloosa    Emeralde Promenade    1    1/week    18    17%    28    view

Okaloosa    Garniers    1    1/week    41    83%    68 (126)    view
Okaloosa    Gulf Island National Seashore    1    1/week    40    30%    91    view
Okaloosa    Henderson State Park Beach    1    1/week    41    15%    41    view