DULUTH, MN --(Northland's NewsCenter)-Park point is the third cleanest beach in the nation, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The agency is awarding superstar beach status to four U.S. beaches, including Park Point in Duluth.
The rating is based on various best practices including water testing more than once a week, notifying the public immediately when water is not up to health standards, and posting closings and advisories both online and at the beach.
The star-criteria also rewards beaches that exceeded health standards less than 5 percent of the time last year and over the last three years.
Holding the number one position was Rehoboth Beach in Sussex County, Delaware. The number two spot was held by another Delaware beach: Dewey Beach, also in Sussex County.
Of the water samples taken during the 2010 monitoring season, fewer than 5 percent exceeded the national health standard for bacteria.
The rating comes out of NRDC's annual survey of water quality and public notification at U.S. beaches. The report is titled, "Testing the Water".
The report finds that the number of beach closings and advisories in 2010 reached 24,091 — the second-highest level since NRDC began tracking these events 21 years ago. The NRDC says this confirms that America's beaches continue to suffer from bacterial pollution that put swimmers at risk.
The agency blames aging and poorly designed sewage treatment systems and contaminated stormwater as the cause of nationwide beachwater pollution.
To read more on the report visit the NRDC website: http://www.nrdc.org/
Written for the web by, Courtney Godfrey