Hawaii beach water quality ranked 4th

HONOLULU (AP) - An environmental action group has ranked Hawaii's beach water the fourth cleanest in the nation.

A report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council says 3 percent of reported Hawaii beach monitoring samples in 2010 exceeded the state's daily maximum bacterial standards.

Kauai County beaches had the highest contamination rate at 8 percent, followed by 2 percent on Maui and the Big Island.

One percent of Honolulu's samples exceeded standards.

The highest ranking went to New Hampshire, followed by New Jersey and Oregon.

The report found that waters in Louisiana, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan had the highest levels of contamination.

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