You may want to reconsider going to the beach for the fourth of July. Among the 30 states that have costal or great lakes beaches, Texas ranks 21st in beach water quality. It’s a big decline from the 2011 report where Texas ranked 8th. The natural resources defense council says 9% of water samples taken at Texas beaches exceed national standards for contamination in 2012. This year’s report presents information on water quality as well as frequency of beach closings and swimming advisories.