Bolsa Chica State Beach in Orange County, CA, was awarded “5 star” status by NRDC’s Testing the Waters beach report. (Photo: Will Hastings, via Flickr)
How Clean Is This Beach?
While some “five-star" beaches have consistently good water quality, carefully monitor pollution, and inform the public when it’s too risky to swim, others have persistent contamination problems, according to Testing the Waters, NRDC’s annual report on beachwater pollution.
You can check the water quality of your favorite beach by zip code on our searchable map. Find out which beaches do a good job of monitoring pollution, and which ones you might want to avoid if you’re planning a trip to the waterfront.