Natural Resources Defense Council

Hurricane season starts Saturday. And while experts can only predict how many will hit, one group says the clean-up bill will most certainly be high.

An environmental group's annual look at water quality at the nation's vacation beaches rates Louisiana's among the most contaminated.

The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council says 29 percent of water samples taken at Louisiana beaches showed elevated bacterial levels.

The national average is 8 percent.

An analysis of the report by The Times-Picayune ( shows high bacteria levels were found in 44 percent of water samples collected at five Cameron Parish beaches.