Up to 1 in 10 U.S. Beaches Too Polluted for Swimming (Video)

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July 1 2014 4:18 PM

The Best and Worst U.S. Beaches by Water Quality

Swimmers are much better off in New Jersey than Alaska.

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KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MAY 10: Lia Calavro (L) and Jamie Sadler sit in the sun while laying on the beach on May 10, 2012 in Key Biscayne, Florida. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that indicated that although protective behaviors such as sunscreen use, shade use, and wearing long clothing to the ankles have increased in recent years, sunburn prevalence remains high, with 50.1% of all adults and 65.6% of whites aged 18-29 years reporting at least one sunburn in the past 12 months. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

With the annual summer crush of beachgoers comes the sobering yearly report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which says 1 in 10 U.S. beaches aren’t up to the EPA’s safest standards. See the group’s full guide here.

Dallas Jensen is a regular video contributor to Slate.

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