During this Independence Day, July 4th 2012, AAA has reported they estimate that over 42 million people will hit the roads many for a summer vacation trip to the beach. Recent news report shows Americas cleanest and dirties beaches and how bacteria water contamination could ruin your fun.
The 4th of July is one of the most traveled holidays and a time that a lot of families take trips. According to a recent AAA report, over 42 million Americans will travel 50 plus miles during the Independence Day holiday weekend. This year is predicted to add an additional 2 million more families, an almost 5% increase from last year. (See AAA Report)

One of Americans favorite vacation spots are our wonderful beaches. Each year millions of people flock to the coastline for fun in the sun, relaxation, and playing in the oceans. Are you one of these 42 million who has planned a trip this July 4th to the beach? Although poor weather and too much sun can ruin a trip to the beach, there is also the unfortunate threat of polluted water that could threaten to close an entire beach itself. Beaches can become contaminated by a variety of sources that contribute to bacteria in the waters, such as storm runoff following a rain, agricultural runoff, wild and domestic animal waste, malfunctioning sewage disposal systems, and sanitary sewer overflows just to mention a few. With all of this in mind, a recent study and report by Fox News has listed some of Americas cleanest and dirties beaches. Below are the listings of the Top Cleanest and Dirtiest Beaches from this Fox News Report:


Cleanest Beaches:

  • Newport Beach, Bolsa Chica Beach, and Huntington State Beach in Orange County, Calif.
  • Gulf Shores Public Beach and Gulf State Park Pavilion in Baldwin County, Ala.
  • Dewey Beach in Sussex County, Del.
  • Ocean City at Beach 6 in Worcester County, Md.
  • Park Point Franklin Park/ 13th Street South Beach Park and Lafayette Community Club Beach in St. Louis County, Minn.
  • Hampton Beach State Park and Wallis Sands Beach in Rockingham County, N.H.
  • South Padre Island in Cameron County, Texas

Dirtiest Beaches:

  • Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County, Calif.
  • Doheny State Beach in Orange County, Calif.
  • Winnetka Elder Park Beach in Cook County, Ill.
  • North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County, Ill.
  • Constance Beach, Gulf Breeze, Little Florida, Long Beach, and Rutherford Beaches in Cameron County, La.
  • Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County, N.J.
  • Woodlawn Beach (Woodlawn Beach State Park) in Erie County, N.Y.
  • Ontario Beach in Monroe County, N.Y.
  • Euclid State Park and Villa Angela State Park beaches in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • South Shore Beach in Milwaukee County, Wis.

It goes without saying that you should know to never swim in bacteria contaminated waters. Swimming in bacteria-polluted waters can cause our bodies to experience health problems such as gastroenteritis, fever, vomiting, skin rashes and ear, nose and eye infections. And as with many illnesses, the elderly and the very young are more susceptible to becoming very ill from bacteria contaminated water. FreshWaterSystems.com would like to help remind people that reducing beach water pollution is an investment that makes sense not only because of the economic value of clean water, but also because of the health hazards caused by beach water pollution.

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