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Most Rhode Islanders would agree that one of the perks of living in such a small state is the easy access to beaches. No matter where you are, youâ€™re never too far away from enjoying a nice, relaxing day by the water. However, sometimes our favorite beaches can be closed due to high bacteria counts. Many beach-goers donâ€™t think about the time, energy, and money necessary to keep our coastline safe for swimming and activity.
According to the 2014 Narragansett Bay Watershed Counts Report, an annual summary of the Narragansett Bay watershed focusing on clean beach water this year, many of our beaches are at risk of being closed due to high levels of bacteria caused by storm water run off and wastewater pollution and can be at risk at any given time for closure. With the worldâ€™s ever-changing climate and storms that seem to worsen each year, our coastline has been subject to sea-level rising and increased erosion that is beginning to take its toll on beaches around the state and even those in Massachusetts.
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