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.
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.
- California: Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County
- California: Cabrillo Beach Station in Los Angeles County
- California: Doheny State Beach in Orange County
- Florida: Keaton Beach in Taylor County
- Illinois: North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County
- New Jersey: Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County
- Ohio: Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County
- Texas: Ropes Park in Nueces County
- Wisconsin: Eichelman beach in Kenosha County
- Wisconsin: South Shore Beach in Milwaukee