When we think about summertime, the first things that pop into our mind is the beach and all the activities we can do there – from sunbathing, swimming or relaxing near the seaside. But what happens when some beaches aren’t the greatest? Did you know that some beaches in the United States of America are quite polluted and overall dirty?

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In today’s article, we put together a list of the dirtiest beaches that exist in America so you know to make your way to another beach and avoid them since you have multiple choices to choose from.

10 Avalon Beach, California

This beach is one of the most polluted as well as dirty. This particular beach is considered the most polluted beach in the state. The reason behind this is that there are numerous leaking sewers nearby.

An annual report from a few years ago stated that it is a ”health hazard.” Even though a lot of improvement has been made over the past years, and a lot of money has been invested in testing the water, there still seems to be no extraordinary improvement. State health officials continue to post warning signs that the water is not safe for swimming but people seem to think that because the water looks clean, it is. It isn’t.

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9 Ontario Beach, New York

This beach reportedly has a high level of polluted and contaminated water. The Ontario Beach Park, which is located on the US side of Lake Ontario is in the top ten dirtiest and polluted beaches in the United States. Although the cause of this is usually heavy rain and water runoff caused by storms, the beach still has a high bacteria percentage.

Studies continue to be done to figure out where the contamination comes from. Overall, the issue with this beach is that it is not necessarily dirty from human trash but due to bacteria that is highly dangerous and puts people at huge risk of contracting a disease.

8 Villa Angela State Park, Ohio

A study done on roughly 60 beaches in Ohio, showed that 56 were unsafe because the water, as well as the beach itself, was dirty and contaminated. This shows that the state has some issues with dirty beaches. One of the most dangerous ones out of the studies made is Villa Angela State Park with 42 unsafe days taken out of 115 samples.

It is sure to say that this beach should be avoided at certain times of the year when the reports are saying that there is a high risk of bacteria, caused most often by animals’ and human fecal matter that comes from the sewage when there is too much rain or when there is a flood.

7 Doheny State Beach, California

Doheny is cited as one of the dirtiest beaches in the United States, even though it is quite popular, especially for water lovers like surfers! In 2011 it reached the highest level of contamination in the past twenty years. The beach has often declared unsafe and contaminated from bacterial pollution.

The beach is especially contaminated after heavy rain and runoff. People at the beach often comment on the awful smell coming from the water. Nowadays, the beach isn’t as dirty and polluted as it used to be a few years ago but it is still considered dangerous, especially at certain times of the year, when there is a lot of rain.

6 South Shore Beach, Wisconsin

Another state that has big issues when it comes to the pollution of water and the dirtiness of beaches in Wisconsin. The poor water quality at South Shore Beach makes it one of the worse. The beach had to be closed 57 out of 97 days last year between Memorial Day and Labor Day to keep the public safe from E. coli in the water.

The situation has been so bad that county officials are actually going to move the beach to a different location. They feel that moving the beach to a more southern location will solve the problem.

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5 Malibu Pier in Los Angeles County, California

Yet another beach in California that is not as clean as expected. Over the past few years, Malibu Pier in Los Angeles got an F grade, which means that the water quality was poor. This is because the water is connected to the septic tank backup that floods with heavy rain.

So, every time it rains too the water can get dirty with all sorts of rubbish and fecal matter. The good thing about this is that the state is making efforts to keep the water and beaches clean because there are very famous and very populated and they do not want to put the citizens at risk.

4 Jersey Park Beach in Lake County, Indiana

A lot of swimmers end up being sick after they get into contaminated water and that is why the Environment America Research and Policy Center is trying to let everybody know that early in the summer a lot of swimmers may get sick after they go to contaminated beaches and that they should heed any posted warnings.

It is important to remember that there are certain days when the water is unsafe. Indiana’s Joerse Park Beach in Lake County is reported to have had 40 unsafe days, taken out from 111 different samples. It may be hot during the summer, but getting cool in the water isn’t worth three days close to the toilet.

3 Goodies Beach in Knox County, Maine

Even though this beach has passed tests regarding the water quality 60 percent of the time, throughout the years there have been issues with the water being contaminated and still, from time to time there are issues. From 2013, when there was an estimated fail of 20 to 30 percent, right now in 2019, it is currently at 10 percent, which means that improvements are being made.

If you’re thinking of going swimming on this beach it is recommended to check whether there are any advisories about the water quality before jumping in.

2 Beachwood Beach in Ocean County, New Jersey

Beachwood Beach has had numerous issues due to dirty water. In 2017, it was one of the fifteen beaches in New Jersey that were closed because the levels of bacteria were too high. In the next year, 2018, the situation got even worse because nearly half of the days tested were deemed unsafe.

Right now, improvements are being made but the EPA believes that stormwater runoff and animal waste are the causes and there isn’t a lot that can be done about those issues. However, government officials are looking into ways that stormwater runoff can be curtailed to make for safer beaches.

1 Cypremort State Park, Louisiana

This beach was closed as were several others along the Louisiana coast because the last water tests showed an unhealthy level of bacteria. Even though the beach is known to be very beautiful versatile, being suited for adults and children, this summer, 53 percent of the water quality tests were failed. Louisiana has had problems throughout the year with the beaches being dirty and the water contaminated.

The Louisiana Department of Health Beach Monitoring program tests the water quality at 24 different beaches on the coast and posts any warnings on the Department of Health website. You’ll also find a map that shows which beaches are deemed safe.

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