Clean Beaches Coalition Releases Annual List of Clean and Healthy Beaches

Share Article

Annual list of clean and healthy beaches across United States. Gulf oil spill has devastating effect on qualifying coasts in Mississippi and Alabama.

My family has vacationed in the impacted region for years, and will continue to support that

The Clean Beaches Coalition today released its annual list of beaches which have been officially certified as clean, healthy and environmentally well managed. However, the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster has had devastating effects on past qualifying shores in Mississippi and Alabama. Walter McLeod, founder of the Coalition noted, "My family has vacationed in the impacted region for years, and will continue to support that "special way of life" we have come to love."

This year beaches in nineteen states and U.S. territories, including American Samoa, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, are on the list. (See complete list below).

For generations, American families have traveled to the shore for the simple pleasure of playing on sandy beaches, boating on the open seas, or swimming with our children. Every year Americans make over 2 billion visits to ocean, gulf, and inland beaches. Beach recreation and tourism are estimated to contribute over $640 billion annually to the U.S. economy. However, the environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico will have devastating effects on our coastal heritage for generations to come.

"The devastation in the Gulf of Mexico has crystallized the importance of clean beaches to Americans" stated CBC founder Walter McLeod. He pointed to the Blue Wave Program as a symbol of the need to protect our beaches. Blue Wave is the first environmental certification program for beaches in the U.S. Now in its 11th year, the program is recognized as a reliable benchmark for well-maintained beaches.

The following beaches have been certified in 2010 as "Blue Wave" around the country:

2010 BLUE WAVE BEACHES

American Samoa
Ofu Beach, National Park of American Samoa
Olosega Beach, National Park of American Samoa

California
Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
Wildcat Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
Limantour Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
Crescent Beach, Redwood National Park
Gold Bluff Beach, Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach, Redwood National Park

Florida (South Atlantic)
Hollywood Beach
Dania Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Pompano Beach
Deerfield Beach

Florida (Pan Handle)
Inlet Beach
Rosemary Beach
Seacrest
Seagrove
Seaside
Watercolor
Grayton
Blue Mountain
Santa Rosa
Dune Allen
Sandestin
Seascape
Miramar
Alys Beach
DeerLake State Park    
Grayton Beach State Park
Topsail Hill State Preserve
Johnson Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Florida (Gulf Coast)
Venice Beach
Siesta Key Beach
Caspersen Beach
Lido Beach

Florida (North Atlantic)
Jacksonville Beach

Hawaii
Keauhou Landing, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Halape Shelter, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Ka' aha Beach, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Indiana
Kemil Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Lake View Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Mount Baldy Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Maryland
North Ocean Beach, Assateague Island National Seashore

Maine
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park
Echo Beach, Acadia National Park

Massachusetts
Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
Herring Cove Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
Marconi Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
Nauset Light Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
Race Point Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

Michigan
Pere Marquette Beach
Esch Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
South Manitou Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sand Pont Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

North Carolina
North Core Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore
South Core Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore
Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore

New Jersey
North Beach, Sandy Hook National Seashore
N. Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook National Seashore

New York
Sunken Forest Beach, Fire Island National Seashore
Watch Hill Beach, Fire Island National Seashore

Oregon
Cannon Beach

South Carolina
Isle of Palms

Texas
Rockport Beach
Malaquite Beach, Padre Island National Seashore
Little Shell Beach, Padre Island National Seashore
Big Shell Beach, Padre Island National Seashore

Virginia
Tom's Cove Beach, Assateague Island National Seashore

Washington
Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park
Kalaloch Beach, Olympic National Park

Wisconsin
Bradford Beach Milwaukee
North Beach Racine
Julian Bay Beach, Apostle Island National Lakeshore
Little Sand Bay Beach, Apostle Island National Lakeshore
Meyers Beach, Apostle Island National Lakeshore

U.S. Virgin Islands
Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands National Seashore
Maho, Virgin Islands National Seashore
Hawksnest, Virgin Islands National Seashore

###

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

W. McLeod

540-848-1340
Email >
Visit website