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How Does Your State Rank For Beach Water Quality?
The Natural Resources Defense Council analyzed 3,485 coastal U.S. beaches, and the results weren't always pretty.
Ten percent of those beaches had water too polluted to swim in.
In addition to naming the country's "Superstar Beaches" and "Repeat Offenders," the NRDC's Testing the Waters study ranked states, based on their beaches' BAV or Beach Action Value, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's benchmark for evaluating swimmer safety. Keep in mind it only ranks 30 states with coastal beaches.
The NRDC is also using its report as a way to encourage people to provide input on the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule from the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which would restore pollution control safeguards to various streams, wetlands and waters that are not protected today. Stormwater runoff remains the biggest source of beach water pollution.
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Jason Bittel
It's that time of year again: Right now, monarch butterflies are taking wing in the mountains of northwestern Mexico and starting to flap their way across the United States.
At EcoWatch, our team knows that changing personal habits and taking actions that contribute to a better planet is an ongoing journey. Earth Day, happening on April 22, is a great reminder for all of us to learn more about the environmental costs of our behaviors like food waste or fast fashion.
To offer readers some inspiration this Earth Day, our team rounded up their top picks for films to watch. So, sit back and take in one of these documentary films this Earth Day. Maybe it will spark a small change you can make in your own life.
On Friday, Seal Rescue Ireland released Sesame the seal into the ocean after five months of rehabilitation at the Seal Rescue Ireland facility. Watch the release on EcoWatch's Facebook.
By Jordan Davidson
Guinness is joining the fight against single use plastic. The brewer has seen enough hapless turtles and marine life suffering from the scourge of plastic.
People of all ages are spending more of their day looking at their phones, computers and television screens, but parents now have another reason for limiting how much screen time their children get — it could lead to behavioral problems.