A national report put together by the Natural Resources Defense Council ranks Florida beach waters 13th out of 30 states.
The findings are based on five criteria.
1) Are the closings and advisories posted online and at the beach.
2) Less than 5 percent of water samples exceed national standards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
3) Less than 5 percent of water samples exceed national standards in 2012
4) Local officials posted advisories without resampling.
5) Water quality monitored more than once a week.
The findings come at a time when a Bay area beach is closed. A health advisory has been issued for Ben T. Davis in Tampa because of high levels of bacteria that may cause diseases, infections or rashes.
The top cause of beach water contamination is storm water runoff. It caused more than 1,800 beach closings or advisories in Florida last year.
For more information on the study, visit http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/fl.asp
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