These Four Texas Beaches Rank High on List for Most Contaminated in the State
As the weather warms up, more & more people are heading to the beach. The question then becomes, what are you swimming in? Texas beaches did not do well in a recent report administered by environmenttexas.org.
In the report, 220 out of 268 beaches in the Gulf Coast area tested potentially unsafe for at least one day in 2020. That's 82%! To break down that stat a little more. In the state of Texas, A total of 61 beaches were tested and 55 of those registered potentially unsafe conditions for swimming on at least one day that year, and quite a few of them were right in our backyard. See the list below, do you visit any of these beaches? The next report comes out in July of this year!
#1. COLE PARK IN CORPUS CHRISTI
Cole Park beach was tested 68 times in 2020 and 62 times, which is 91%, the results came back with unsafe water.
2. ROPES PARK, CORPUS CHRISTI(NOW CLOSED)
Ropes Park beach was tested 54 times in 2020 and 40 times, which is 74%, the results came back with unsafe water.
#6 CORPUS CHRISTI MARINA
The Corpus Christi Marina was tested 40 times in 2020 and 23 times, which is 57%, the results came back with unsafe water.
#8 SARGENT BEACH IN BAY CITY
Sargent beach was tested 40 times in 2020 and 20 times, which is 50%, the results came back with unsafe water.
You can see the full Safe for Swimming report by clicking here.
According to a recent report by environemttexas.org, if you're heading to a Texas beach this weekend, there's a chance that you might be swimming in #2. Fecal contamination makes beaches unsafe for swimming. Possible side effects from swimming in fecally contaminated water can be gastrointestinal illness as well as respiratory disease, ear, and eye infections, and skin rash. Every year in the U.S., people contract an estimated 57 million cases of recreational waterborne illness from swimming in oceans, lakes, rivers, and ponds
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