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Cleanest US Beaches Are in Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire

With beach season well underway and the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, an environmental advocacy group is out Wednesday with its annual beach report, ranking the nation's cleanest and most contaminated shores.

"The two big problems, when it comes to America's beaches, are pollution runoff in urban areas and from agriculture," says Beckman. "It contains bacteria and viruses that can make you sick if you come into contact with them. And you can also get the same bacteria and viruses from sewage spills."

Michelle Mehta with the NRDC says swimmers exposed to the contamination can suffer from "gastrointestinal problems, ear, nose and throat problems, and skin rashes."

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