MAP: Illinois beach water quality levels

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A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that Montrose Beach and South Shore Beach have the worst water quality among Illinois beaches. The quality levels are based on the percentage of water samples taken at each beach that contain bacteria levels exceeding a specific safety threshold. When the safety threshold is exceeded, local officials generally issue advisories or close the beach to swimming. Use this map to see which beaches had the highest percentage of samples exceeding the safety threshold in 2013. (Note: Only beaches with testing data available are shown).

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