WASHINGTON – Beachwater doesn’t get any better than in Dewey Beach, Rehoboth and Bethany Beach, according to an environmental group’s annual assessment of surf at the nation’s beaches.
Delaware ranked No. 1 in beachwater quality in the study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which maps more than 6,000 beaches nationwide.
The NRDC’s ratings show Middle Atlantic beaches as the cleanest in the country.
New Hampshire holds the No. 2 spot for states states with the best beachwater quality, while North Carolina, another popular vacation destination for D.C.-area residents, ranked third in the nation. Virginia ranked sixth in the country, right behind Florida.
Nationally, bacterial contamination from stormwater runoff and sewage made 2011 of of the worst in decades for health-related closings.
Ocean City’s water was as clean as Delaware’s, but Maryland ranked No. 11 in the country, according to the group’s analysis of water testing.
Maryland has 70 coastal beaches including many on the Chesapeake Bay, which is subjected to more runoff and sewage than Atlantic Ocean beaches.
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