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Is Your Beach Clean?

Beach time is fast approaching. Yay! Unfortunately not all beaches are clean all the time. I am not talking about the sand; I am talking about the water.

Polluted water from roads and streets drains into pipes and eventually makes it to the ocean, and that is nothing you want to be swimming in. Luckily, I have found a site to check on the water quality of the your beach hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is easy to use; you can search by state or by beach name. Without leaving your desk, you can learn if your favorite beach has been closed recently due to health precautions.

Click here for the beach advisory closing website. The site doesn't include beaches on lakes or rivers, just ocean beaches.

Fit's Tip: If you like to swim in natural waters such as lakes, rivers, and oceans, avoid swimming after heavy rains, since many storm drains empty into these waters, increasing the pollution directly after a storm.


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Luckily I live in Maine and the beaches are usually really clean. There is never trash on the beach or gross smells in the air.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
There is no place better than the beach. And it's actually kind of scary how dirty our oceans are. We do not take care of them. The amount of plastic in the ocean adds up to a land mass bigger than North America...seriously people, we need to keep our oceans cleaner.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love Plum Island.
kia kia 9 years
What a great site. I just moved from Florida and was always keeping an eye out for water issues like the sewage issues in the Keys that steen mentioned (FYI too much development without the infrastructure in place to handle all that sewage :( I also checked some beaches in Santa Barbara where I did some of my undergrad. There are no maps... when I went to school there it was no secret that there were no beach closures because there was no monitoring. So on the surface they had clean beaches since there was nothing to report. Pretty shady.
steen steen 9 years
That's really cool; I've bookmarked it. Living in Florida, it's important to know these things! The last time I went to the Keys, we couldn't do any water-related activities because one of their sewage pipes busted. You don't ever think about it but things like that can happen!
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
winter on our side, but i enjoy walking on the beach when it's cold.
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