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Looking For A Clean Beach? The Official List Of Healthy, Environmentally Well Managed Beaches

Last week, the Clean Beaches Coalition released its annual list of beaches which have been officially certified as clean, healthy and environmentally well managed.

As the horrific ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster devastated so many beaches – particularly past qualifying shores of Mississippi and Alabama, we can be sure to expect devastating effects on our coastal heritage, for generations to come.

“The devastation in the Gulf of Mexico has crystallized the importance of clean beaches to Americans” stated CBC founder Walter McLeod. He pointed to the Blue Wave Program as a symbol of the need to protect our beaches. Blue Wave is the first environmental certification program for beaches in the U.S. Now in its 11th year, the program is recognized as a reliable benchmark for well-maintained beaches.

This year beaches in nineteen states and U.S. territories, including American Samoa, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, are on the list.

The following beaches have been certified in 2010 as “Blue Wave” around the country:

2010 Blue Wave Beaches

American Samoa

  • Ofu Beach, National Park of American Samoa
  • Olosega Beach, National Park of American Samoa

California

  • Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Wildcat Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Limantour Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Crescent Beach, Redwood National Park
  • Gold Bluff Beach, Redwood National Park
  • Enderts Beach, Redwood National Park

Florida (South Atlantic)

  • Hollywood Beach
  • Dania Beach Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Pompano Beach
  • Deerfield Beach

Florida (Pan Handle)

  • Inlet Beach Rosemary Beach
  • Seacrest Seagrove Seaside Watercolor Grayton Blue Mountain
  • Santa Rosa Dune Allen Sandestin Seascape Miramar Alys Beach DeerLake State Park
  • Grayton Beach State Park
  • Topsail Hill State Preserve
  • Johnson Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Florida (Gulf Coast)

  • Venice Beach
  • Siesta Key Beach
  • Caspersen Beach
  • Lido Beach

Florida (North Atlantic)

  • Jacksonville Beach

Hawaii

  • Keauhou Landing, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Halape Shelter, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Ka’ aha Beach, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Indiana

  • Kemil Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Lake View Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Mount Baldy Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Maryland

  • North Ocean Beach, Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Maine Sand Beach, Acadia National Park
  • Echo Beach, Acadia National Park

Massachusetts

  • Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Herring Cove Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Marconi Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Nauset Light Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Race Point Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

Michigan

  • Pere Marquette Beach
  • Esch Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • South Manitou Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Sand Pont Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

North Carolina

  • North Core Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • South Core Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore

New Jersey

  • North Beach, Sandy Hook National Seashore
  • N. Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook National Seashore
  • New York Sunken Forest Beach, Fire Island National Seashore
  • Watch Hill Beach, Fire Island National Seashore

Oregon

  • Cannon Beach

South Carolina

  • Isle of Palms

Texas

  • Rockport Beach
  • Malaquite Beach, Padre Island National Seashore
  • Little Shell Beach, Padre Island National Seashore
  • Big Shell Beach, Padre Island National Seashore

Virginia

  • Tom’s Cove Beach, Assateague Island National Seashore

Washington

  • Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park
  • Kalaloch Beach, Olympic National Park

Wisconsin

  • Bradford Beach Milwaukee
  • North Beach Racine
  • Julian Bay Beach, Apostle Island National Lakeshore
  • Little Sand Bay Beach, Apostle Island National Lakeshore
  • Meyers Beach, Apostle Island National Lakeshore

U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands National Seashore
  • Maho, Virgin Islands National Seashore
  • Hawksnest, Virgin Islands National Seashore

Every year, especially during the summer, Americans make over 2 billion visits to ocean, gulf, and inland beaches. Beach recreation and tourism are estimated to contribute over $640 billion annually to the U.S. economy.

Photo Credit: gnmills

SOURCE: Clean Beaches Coalition

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