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Swim at your own risk

Harmful bacteria a growing danger at the beach

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• Have you ever gotten sick after swimming at a beach, and do you think it could have been caused by bacteria in the water? Tell us where and what happened.

• Storm water runoff is one of the most common sources of beach water pollution. How would you tackle the problem, and do you think enough is being done to test water for bacteria?

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Testing the waters report coverDownload the NRDC's complete Testing The Waters 2007 report as a PDF document for more information.

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