July 29, 2010
A new report ranks Virginia fourth among 30 coastal states for beach water quality.
The report released Wednesday by the National Resources Defense Council says three percent of water samples taken from 44 beaches monitored by the state last year exceeded the daily maximum bacterial standard.
Fairview Beach in King George County had the highest rate with 25 percent.
None of the beaches in Accomack, Gloucester, Hampton, Mathews, Northampton and York counties, and in Hampton, exceeded the standard.
Only New Hampshire, Delaware and Oregon were ranked higher.