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Water quality at NC beaches ranks among best

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An environmental action group says North Carolina's beaches rank among the safest in the country. The waters along the state's beaches are ranked 5th in quality out of 30, according to a recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The report says beach water pollution can cause illnesses like hepatitis, pink eye, stomach flu and more.

Of North Carolina's 240 coastal beaches, all were monitored and tested against the new EPA water quality standard, called the "Beach Action Value.

The NRDC says New River, Wilson Park in Onslow County and Brunswick County beaches were higher than government standards.

Here are two recommendations the group suggests on how to remain safe in troubled waters.

- "Stay away from beaches with visible discharge pipes and avoid swimming at urban beaches after a heavy rainfall."

- "A good rule of thumb is to avoid swimming at the beach for at least 24 hours after it rains and 72 hours after heavy rains."

For the full list of tested waters, policy recommendations to improve quality and a ZIP code searchable map, go to
http://www.nrdc.org/beaches

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