Published: Jun 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2011 12:27 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.-- The Natural Resource Defense Council's annual report, "Testing the Waters", ranks Florida 6th in the nation for the quality of its beach water.

To view the entire report, click here: http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/titinx.asp

To view the county-by-county breakdown for Florida, click here: http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/sumflo.pdf

Locally, the beach at the Cape Coral Yacht club had the worst track record, with 9% of the weekly checks for bacteria in the water showing contamination levels above state standards.

But compared to the rest of the state and the country, Southwest Florida beaches rank among the best when it comes to water quality.

None of the Collier County beaches tested weekly were found to have bacteria above the state contamination limits.

Lynn Hall Memorial Park and Bowditch point on Fort Myers Beach as well as Lovers Key State Park all kept bacteria below the state standards last year.

Local governments have measures in place to reduce storm water run off and other pollutants in order to improve the quality of the beaches.

There are several beaches in Florida, which slipped one place in the rankings in 2010, where beach goers may want to visit with caution.

Bayou Chico in Escambia County, Hagen's Cove in Taylor County, and Garniers in Okaloosa County had the highest frequency of bacteria exceeding state standards for contamination.