CLEVELAND -- A relaxing day at the beach and a refreshing dip in the water can do wonders, but do you ever wonder what you're dipping into?
The most recent annual beach report from the Natural Resources Defense Council blasts several Ohio beaches for having persistent contamination problems and water samples that violate public health standards.
Ohio beaches claim four of the 11 spots on the "repeat offender" list, a category reserved for those areas that charted issues more than 25 percent of the time for each year from 2008 to 2012.
Those beach areas are:
- Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula County
- Euclid State Park in Cuyahoga County
- Villa Angela State Park in Cuyahoga County
- Edson Creek in Erie County
Some of the beaches on the complete repeat offender list have multiple sections, and in some instances only certain sections of a beach tested poor for water quality, the NRDC noted.
Across the country, there were 20,000 closing and advisory days in 2012.
Over 80 percent of those were necessary because of high bacteria levels in the water. The primary known cause is stormwater runoff and sewage, according to NRDC.
Ohio was the state with the highest violation rates of reported samples in 2012.