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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