- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Three beaches in New Hampshire are getting high marks for clean water quality.

The beaches are Hampton Beach State Park, Wallis Sands Beach at Wallis Road, and Wallis Sands State Park beach.

The Natural Resources Defense Council put them at “superstar” status along with 32 other beaches nationally in its annual “Testing the Waters” report.

Officials say New Hampshire ranks second out of 30 states that are part of the EPA’s beach monitoring program.

“Considering that 2013 was a difficult year for water quality because of numerous heavy rain events, New Hampshire residents can be proud of our coastal water quality and our efforts to maintain these levels,” said Tom Burack, Department of Environmental Services commissioner.

“Everyone can take simple steps to prevent beach pollution in all locations,” he said. “Picking up pet waste, maintaining septic systems, putting swim diapers with plastic covers on babies and keeping trash off the beach can help keep our waters clean.”

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Online:

http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/beach-superstars.asp

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