EAST CHICAGO, Ind.
(AP) - An environmental group ranks Indiana 21st out of 30 states for beach
water quality in 2013.
The Post-Tribune of
Merrillville reports the ranking by the National Resources Defense Council
is actually the highest the state has ranked since 2008, the earliest report
available online, when the state was ranked at 28th.
policy analyst Karen Hobbs says the improved ranking doesn’t mean too much
because the state’s actual water quality levels have stayed about the same.
Two Lake Michigan
beaches in East Chicago, Jeorse Park Beach I and II, are labeled as among
the habitually worst in the United States because they exceed limits for
what is considered safe levels of bacteria. The Indiana Department of
Environmental Management says it is working on the problem.