March 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new report says there was a record number of closings and health advisory days at American beaches last year because the water wasn't safe for swimming.
The report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says that in 2006 there were more than 25,000 closings and health advisory days at ocean, bay and Great Lakes beaches.
The report also says the number of no-swim days caused by stormwater more than doubled from the year before.
The director of the council's water program says the most common ailment is an upset stomach caused by human and animal waste in the water. But she says pinkeye and rashes are also possible.