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Brevard County’s surf tested among the cleanest in Florida and the nation in 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by a national environmental group.
One percent of Brevard’s beach water samples exceeded the daily federal water standard for bacteria last year, according to the report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The nonprofit group, based in New York City, issues its report annually.
In this year’s report, it found Okaloosa County ranked the worst in Florida 2012, with 35 percent of water samples exceeding federal bacteria standards, followed by Gulf County (29 percent) and Walton County (21 percent).
Delaware ranked the best among the states, with less than 1 percent of beach water samples exceeding national standards, followed by New Hampshire at 1 percent and North Carolina at 2 percent. Florida was 13th, with 5 percent of samples exceeding standards.
The group listed no beach closing or advisory days in Brevard in 2012.
Most samples from Brevard this year, including some taken Monday at eight county beaches, have tested at safe levels of bacteria.
On April 1, however, samples tested “poor” at Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach and at Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach. Follow-up tests on April 4 showed the water was safe at both beaches.
Article from Florida Today.