The Gulf Shores Public Beach is among the cleanest beaches in the nation according to a report released last week by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The environmental group evaluated 200 public beaches from across the nation using data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gulf Shores was the only beach in the South to earn a five-star rating in the report.
From Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches:
“NRDC’s report also provides a 5-star rating guide for 200 of the nation’s most popular beaches, based on indicators of beach water quality, monitoring frequency, and public notification of contamination. Five-star beaches included Gulf Shores Public Beach (AL), Laguna Beach-Main Beach (CA), Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach (CA), Newport Beach (CA), Ocean City (MD), Park Point – Community Club Beach in Duluth (MN) and Hampton Beach State Park in Hampton (NH). Some of the lowest ranking beaches (1-star) were Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh (NY), Ocean Beach Park in New London (CT), Venice Public Beach (FL) and Central Beach in Point Pleasant (NJ).”
For the full report go to www.nrdc.org/beaches