Report: NJ beach closings on rise

July 29, 2008 8:26:36 AM PDT
A new report shows pollution and overdevelopment taking a toll on water quality at New Jersey's beaches. The number of closings at the state's ocean and bay beaches rose last year, even while declining nationally.

The annual beach quality report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows New Jersey beaches in worse shape last year than in 2006.

Beach closures or advisories occurred on 142 days last year in New Jersey, eight more than 2006. While many of the closings were precautionary, the report shows some were because of elevated bacteria in the water.

Environment New Jersey's Doug O'Malley blames development at the shore for the rise in bacteria in the water and calls on Gov. Jon S. Corzine to halt sprawl.

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