Maryland beaches health report

A new Department of Environment report found that Maryland beaches open for swimming had no health-based advisories 99 percent of the time.

This is the fifth straight year that Maryland has exceeded 98 percent, and this is the twelfth consecutive year it has crossed 96 percent.

The Department of Environment credits an emphasis on reducing water pollution, while crediting beach goers, saying they help by cleaning their trash, cleaning after their pets, and disposing dirty diapers among other efforts.

"What that really means is that these are results that show Marylanders are continuing to enjoy healthy beaches in their neighborhoods and really across the state from western Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay and of course Ocean City," said Jay Apperson, Deputy Director, Office of Communications with the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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