Slimy Summer: The 10 Dirtiest Beaches in America

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released a contamination report of America’s beaches, and while some stretches of coast fare well, for others, the results aren’t a pretty shade of blue.

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And what happens if you decide to dip your toe into a pool of filth? Well, it turns out beach water pollution can cause vomiting, diarrhea, eye infections and a myriad of other problems. Now that sounds like a grand ol’ time to spend your vacation.

It turns out some of the most putrid beaches are those found on the Great Lakes: about 15% of the samples were found to pose a safety hazard. The list below also includes ten beaches with consistently poor water quality since 2006.

  1. California: Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County
  2. California: Cabrillo Beach Station in Los Angeles County
  3. California: Doheny State Beach in Orange County
  4. Florida: Keaton Beach in Taylor County
  5. Illinois: North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County
  6. New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County
  7. Ohio: Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County
  8. Texas: Ropes Park in Nueces County
  9. Wisconsin: Eichelman beach in Kenosha County
  10. Wisconsin: South Shore Beach in Milwaukee

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