Waste in the Water: How to Find a Clean Beach

By Rachel Mount from original

beachEvery year, my whole family heads to Cape May, NJ for the first week of August, where we splash around in the sun, eat farm-fresh produce, and sleep for 9+ hours a night. I feel like I’m living the ultra healthy, sun-kissed life.

But recently I read about the gross things lurking in and around America’s oceans and beaches: pet waste, runoff from waste water treatment centers, and chemicals. In fact, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says that illness-causing bacteria is often at unsafe levels—and that 35 million people a year will become sick after swimming in dirty water. There’s nothing relaxing about that.

Luckily, there’s a simple tool from the Natural Resources Defense Council that will give you the heads up on your beach’s safety. I quickly typed in the Cape May zip code and breathed a sigh of relief—clean and healthy! Now I can go back to looking forward to the best week of the summer.

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