U. S. beaches report card finds thousands of issues
NEW YORK - Concerns over dirty water may not be your biggest worry for your next trip to the beach, but the latest report card on America's beaches finds there have been more than 20,000 closings and advisories for the third consecutive year.
The report is put out each summer by the National Resources Defense Council. About 80 percent of closures were issued because bacteria levels were too high.
Swimming in contaminated water can cause stomach problems, skin rashes, pink eye and hepatitis. Kids and older people have the highest risk.
You can find out how beaches stack up by going to their "Testing the Waters" website and putting in the beach's ZIP code.