Delaware’s beaches have been recognized for having the cleanest water quality in the nation. Delaware is also the location of two of the country’s few “Superstar Beaches,” according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The advocacy group annually assesses all beaches in 30 coastal states.
Beaches at Rehoboth and Dewey were awarded 5-star ratings as Superstar Beaches for their perfect swimming water quality for the past four years. They were two of only 13 Superstar Beaches so designated by the NRDC among beaches of the coastal states.
In its report, ”Testing the Waters” in Delaware, the NRDC also recognized DNREC’s Recreational Water Quality Testing Program as one of the most comprehensive in the nation.
Delaware attracts more than 7 million visitors each year, many of them drawn to the state’s scenic Atlantic beaches. According to a recent report, The Contribution of the Coastal Economy to the State of Delaware, by Delaware Sea Grant College Program at the University of Delaware, the state’s coastal economy has a significant impact on Delaware’s overall economy – generating almost $7 billion annually.
Delaware ranked first out of 30 states for cleanest water quality overall. The NRDC report cited Delaware State Park beaches (Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island) and the state’s Atlantic community beaches (Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island) for having excellent swimming water quality, with only a single swimming advisory (of less than 24 hours) issued among all those beaches in 2012.
source: DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation