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Hawaii ranked 5th nationally for beach water quality

Stuart Coleman Stuart Coleman

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - To many critics, Hawaii has some of the best beaches in the world. Although, water quality experts say that beach goers should know just how clean the beach water is before taking a dip.

In 2009, there were more than 2,300 beach closure days and majority of the closures were due to storm water runoff from heavy rainfall. Storm water runoff increases the chances of a person to develop infections and experts that insure water safety may face layoffs this year.

"The bad news is daily exceedance of water quality standards was up this year and even worst is four out of the five water quality experts may be cut due to state budget cuts," said Surfrider Foundation of Hawaii coordinator, Stuart Coleman.

Water quality experts measure water by taking samples that are one foot below water surface, which is knee-to-waist deep.

The National Resources Defense Council issued their 20th annual Beach Water Quality Guide. Hawaii has more than 400 public beaches and ranked 5th in beach water quality. Some of Hawaii's popular beaches like Hanauma Bay, Royal Hawaiian-Moana and Wailea Beach Park received high marks by earning four out of five stars. Kuliouou, Keehi Lagoon and Hanalei Beach Park received two stars.

For more information, you can visit www.surfrider.org.

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