SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Georgia's beaches in Chatham and Glynn counties and South Carolina beaches in Beaufort and Colleton counties got a three-star rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The Natural Resources Defense Council issued its' "Testing the Waters 2010" report, which looks at 200 of the most popular beaches nationwide.
The report uses a five-star rating system based on these criteria:
- Water quality in 2009 -- Less than 5 percent of samples taken exceeded national health standards for bacteria.
- Water quality for the last three years -- Less than 5 percent of samples taken from 2007 to 2009 exceeded the national health standard for bacteria.
- Advisories and closings are issued promptly without waiting for sample results.
- Closings and advisory information is posted online and at the beach.
Chatham County's beaches got three stars in these areas: water quality 2009 and the last three years; posting closings and advisories both online and at the beach.
South Carolina beaches in Beaufort and Colleton counties also got three stars for those same criteria.