This World Oceans Day, Watch Out for Beach Runoff

07/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

June 8 is World Oceans Day (so declared by the United Nations) and with the warm days here again you might take the chance to play hooky and go for a swim with the kids. But before you bodysurf on the swells, you'll want to be sure you and your family leave as healthy as you entered.

Water contaminated with human and animal waste forced more than 20,000 closings or advisories at U.S. beaches in 2007 alone. That was the second-highest level in the 18-year history of NRDC's Testing the Waters report, which examines pollution and public health practices at U.S. beaches.