Ohio beaches ranked dead last in water quality

Ohio beach water quality ranked 30th out of 30 states in study.

A report released this week revealed Ohio's beaches aren't that clean.

The National Resources Defense Council ranked Ohio 30th out of 30 when it comes to beach water quality. The Ohio Department of Health administers the monitoring program to about 60 public and semipublic beaches near the Lake Erie shorelines.

The monitoring showed the beaches that were monitored at least once a week exceeded the maximum bacteria standard. Those beaches include 70 percent of beaches in Camp Perry in Ottawa County, 50 percent of beaches in Arcadia in Cuyahoga County, and 50 percent of beaches in Lakeview Beach in Lorain County.

The group advises despites its finding, it should not avoid Ohio's beaches.

Many localities use BEACH Act to fund projects of their beach monitoring programs. This year Ohio received $10,000 less EPA funding than 2012.