Find clean beaches near you: How water quality is measured and compared.

The Potentially Dangerous Pathogens at America’s Beaches (Video)

The Potentially Dangerous Pathogens at America’s Beaches (Video)

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July 14 2015 10:05 AM

Are There Potentially Dangerous Pathogens at Your Favorite Beach?

Quickly understand how water quality is measured, compared, and compromised.  

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A man catches an American football on the beach at Cape Henlopen, Delaware, on June 5, 2013.

Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

For many, beach safety brings to mind sunscreen, umbrellas, water to keep hydrated throughout the day, and swimming ability. Idyllic settings and the lulling crash of ocean waves can easily dismiss concern for environmental pathogens, but it is important to learn and note the water quality at your coastal destination.

In the video above, learn how the Natural Resources Defense Council reviews and scores water quality and how to protect yourself and your family from unwanted exposure and illness.

Daniel Hubbard is a writer, editor, and director living in New York City.