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      South Carolina gets low rating on beachwater quality

      The Natural Resources Defense Council released its report "Testing the Waters: 2013 A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches" on Wednesday, and it ranked South Carolina 26 out of 30 states for beachwater quality.

      Six beaches along the Grand Strand were rated by the NRDC. You can find a link here.

      Huntington Beach State Park in Georgetown County had the highest rating, getting 3 out of 5 stars. Surfside Beach, Myrtle Beach State Park, Arcadia Beach, and North Myrtle Beach each received one star Myrtle Beach got two of five stars.

      The NRDC highlighted some improvements made along the Grand Strand. It said stormwater outfalls that discharge further out in the ocean instead of at the coast, such as at 7th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach and Deep Head Swash in Myrtle Beach, have reduced the amount of fecal indicator bacteria found in beachwater.

      It also mentioned a project completed in 2011, where Myrtle Beach combined nine existing stormwater drainage pipes that used to discharge at the beach at 4th Avenue North into one pipe that runs underneath the seabed and discharges into the Atlantic Ocean more than 1,000 feet from shore.

      To read more about the testing practices and analysis of data by the NRDC, click here.