Maine Beaches Among the Cleanest 

Maine’s beaches are the cleanest they’ve been in years.That’s according to state officials who say the water quality at 61 of the state’s beaches is the best it’s been since 2008.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the good news for beach-goers follows a 2011 season in which more than two-thirds of Maine’s 61 coastal public-access beaches had no water quality issues that led to an advisory or closure.Beaches were open and safe for swimming 98.2% of the time last year.Beaches are monitored weekly by volunteers, municipal staff and state park employees from Memorial Day through Labor Day.