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Revere Beach gets top marks on water quality report card

Revere Beach is at the top of the class in terms of water quality, according to a report card recently released by a local environmental organization. Revere received a 98 percent on primary beach safety in the Beach Water Quality Report Card released by environmental advocacy organization Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. The report card is based on water quality data collected during the 2016 beach season on 15 public beaches in 10 communities, including Lynn, Swampscott, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

“This year’s report card contains good news for many of our beaches,” said Save the Harbor’s spokesman, Bruce Berman. “However, 2016 was a very dry year, with just 5.3 inches of rain and one large storm with over one inch of rain compared to the 10.2 inches we had in 2015 and the 13 inches of precipitation we expect in a typical beach season. Though the annual results are important, an analysis of all the data we have collected since 2011 tells a more complete story.”

Revere Beach has done typically well over the past few years. Last year the beach also received a 98 percent score, and its six-year average is 95 percent. The highest grades received by Revere Beach in the past six years were in 2014 and 2012, when it received 100 percent. Its lowest grade occurred in 2011: 88 percent.

King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott and Tenean Beach in Dorchester have consistently been at the bottom of the report card, with scores below 85 percent. However, Save the Harbor has installed rain gauges and flow meters at King’s Beach to help the community evaluate and address the persistent pollution problems that close that beach nearly one in five days in a typical year.

Praise for Revere Beach’s water quality is welcome news as the city gears up for one of its most popular events. The 2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Revere Beach from July 21 to 23.

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