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The Portland Press Herald

Advocates Object to DEP's Praise for Maine Beach Water Quality

They say there's been little progress and the assessment was misleading. The agency insists pollution is down.
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North Cairn

If you're planning a day at a coastal beach in Maine, don't worry too much about whether the water will be clean and safe for swimming.

But know what you're getting into, say state and national environmental advocates.

And good luck with that.

It might be harder than you'd expect to get reliable information.

Officials from Environment Maine, concerned residents, business owners and a representative of the Natural Resources Defense Council gathered Tuesday at Portland's East End Beach to decry the "political spin" of last week's statement by Maine's Department of Environmental Protection that water quality is the best it has been since 2008 at 61 monitored public beaches covering more than 30 miles of coastline.