LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Those envisioning July 4 celebrations at the beach may be swimming at their own risk.

A new study has found that the number of beach closures nationwide due to dirty water soared last year.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report released Wednesday found that beach closures and advisories increased by 29 percent in 2010 compared to a year earlier.

Eleven percent of California’s beaches reported elevated levels of bacterial contamination, the largest amount in five years. Among those at the top of the list were Avalon Beach, Cabrillo Beach and Colorado Lagoon in Los Angeles County, Poche County Beach and Doheny State Beach in Orange County and Candlestick Point in San Francisco County.

Swimming in such pollution can cause gastrointestinal, respiratory and other illnesses.

The NRDC awarded superstar status to four beaches, none of which are in California: Rehoboth Beach-Rehoboth Avenue Beach and Dewey Beach in Delaware, Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach in Minnesota, and Hampton Beach State Park in New Hampshire. These beaches received the special rating for having perfect test ratings the past three years.

»Complete List Of NRDC Ratings For Popular U.S. Beaches

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Comments (8)
  1. Oscar says:

    I say we have immigration at the beaches so those dirty illegals who drink beer and urinate in the water dont bring their dirty habits to the beach!

    1. adolfo says:

      I agree Oscar. I am tired of illegals bringing down the quality of life at parks, beaches, stores. Quit playing soccer in our parks all weekend and quit having dumb pinatas at our parks as well. Quit urinating in public. Quitting popping out kids at 14 years old. Get off welfare. Quit selling mexican music which I have to hear blasting from your 1992 honda accord. Just go, we don’t want your kind!

  2. Tommyboy says:

    They should have a picture of illegals with a slash on the keep out sign. They have ruined the beaches as well now too. I tried going to Newport Beach to get away from their kind but I saw them there as well. Maybe if we charged money their kind would not go to the beach. They don’t need to tan anyway so why do they go?

  3. Mrviking says:

    Oscar, Adolfo, Tommyboy –

    You guys crack me up..lol – great messages – Most of the illegal’s live compact housing environments with about 20 people inside, so their only cheap getaway escape are the beaches, Parks . Bringing their entire family of 100 members – Grandma, Grandpa, cousins, nephews and nieces, etc…chewy, Martha, Lupe, Juanita, Jesus, Maria, and Gustavo. Juanito, Pepe, conchita, etc…Leaving are their Tall Can – Bud Wiser cans, packs of tortillas, Beans and rice all over the beaches and grass at the parks.

    The sign at the top that reads Keep out – sewage contaminated Water?
    Should read Keep out illegals – Contaminated Mexican water, due to too many Illegal’s in one spot

  4. Uncle Sam1776 says:

    I would rather drive up the coast to the nicer beaches so I would not have to deal with illegals!

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