07/05/2011 12:31 pm ET | Updated Sep 04, 2011

NRDC Report: New York City Beaches Dirty, Bacteria Levels Exceed State Standards

The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach water quality report yesterday and found water at a total of 134 beaches in the five boroughs and its surrounding areas had bacteria levels that exceeded state health standards.

Nationally, the report found the number of beach closings and advisories was at the second-highest level in the 18 years that the report has been issued.

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