All across the U.S., pollution has become a problem with the beaches. On an inverse scale with the lowest ranking being the best, Hawaii’s level of contamination – mostly from natural storm-water run-off – is among the very lowest. That fact is among the findings of the Testing the Waters report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council last week.

Including ocean, bay and Great Lakes beaches, swimmers’ health is being put at risk according to the Council. Beach closings and no-swimming advisories reached their highest level since the Council began the annual study 18 years ago. The closings and advisories happen when water samples exceed state or federal standards for bacteria that indicate the presence of human or animal waste.

It helps to be out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and it helps that Honolulu spent more than $350 million last year on sewer-system improvements. Hawaii has ranked at the bottom of the pollution chart since the study began.

But you would have guessed that, wouldn’t you?

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