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2011 Swimming Season Statistics

For the seventh consecutive year, in 2011, the nation’s coastal and Great Lakes beaches were open 95 percent of the time during the swimming season.  Read about more 2011 national beach monitoring and notification statistics (PDF) (4 pp, 429K, About PDF) as well as recent developments in EPA's beach program.

People swimming in water contaminated with these types of pathogens can contract diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, eyes, ears, skin, and upper respiratory tract.  When water test results show levels of concern, the state or local government issues a beach advisory or closure notice until further sampling shows that the water quality is meeting the applicable standards. 

To help minimize beachgoers' risk of exposure to pathogens in beachwaters, EPA is helping communities build and properly operate sewage treatment plants, working to reduce overflows as much as possible, and working with the U.S. Coast Guard to reduce discharges from boats and larger ships. 

For 2011 data on an individual state, please choose a state from the map below.

beach states

AlabamaCaliforniaConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganGrand Portage Chippewa Tribe in MinnesotaGrand Portage Chippewa Tribe in MinnesotaMinnesotaMississippiNew HampshireNew JerseyNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhioOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaTexasVirginiaMakah Tribe in WashingtonMakah Tribe in WashingtonWashingtonWisconsinVirgin IslandsPuerto RicoAlaskaNorthern Mariana IslandsAmerican SamoaTrust TerritoriesGuam

See the latest information that coastal and Great Lakes states, territories and tribes have sent to EPA.

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