BOSTON (CBS) – As people head to the shore to cool off this summer, there’s good news about the beaches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has released its annual report card on beach pollution in the past year.

The report shows that Bay State beaches closed fewer times due to excess bacteria than beaches in other states. And the trend year to year also shows improvement.

“The NRDC reports shows us that Massachusetts beaches have fewer closings on average in 2010 and 2009 and this is great news. We expect at least with local beaches in the Boston area to see fewer closings going forward,” said Becky Smith of Clean Water Action.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports from Wollaston Beach in Quincy:

The group also recommends local community take steps to reduce rainwater runoff because it’s one of the main sources of pollution at area beaches.

Meanwhile in New Hampshire, Hampton Beach is getting high honors again for its cleanliness and water quality.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports from Hampton Beach:

The beach has been named one of only four “super star” beaches in the country for having perfect water test scores for three consecutive years.


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