Beach Monitoring & Notification: Related Links
Other Beaches Links
There are several things that you can do to help improve the quality of water at the beach. For example, you can learn more about your local beach, you can help reduce pollutants that can wash into the water, and you can find out what state or local agencies are responsible for protecting the quality of the water at your beach. Even if you don't live at or near the beach, you can still protect the water quality by learning how pollution in your local stream or watershed affects water quality at downstream beaches.
- Get Involved
- Beach Water Quality Information
- Other EPA Water Quality Protection Programs
- State and Local Water Quality Protection Programs
- Protect Coastal Watersheds and Ocean Resources
Discover EPA programs that protect coastal watersheds and ocean resources. Learn how you can get involved in protecting your watershed.
- Beach Protection and Clean Up Programs
There are many ways to protect the nation's beaches from water pollution. Local clean up efforts are a great way to assist federal, state, and local officials in protecting your health while swimming at the beach.
- Protect Coastal Waters from Nonpoint Source Pollution
When rain falls or snow melts, the seemingly negligible amounts of chemicals and other pollutants around your home and lawn get picked up and carried through storm drains to the local waterway. This site lists specific "dos" and "don'ts" that will help you reduce nonpoint source pollution.
- EPA's Citizen's Voluntary Monitoring Program
Across the country, people are learning about water quality issues and helping protect the nation's water resources by becoming volunteer water quality monitors. Volunteers analyze water samples for dissolved oxygen, nutrients, pH, and temperature; evaluate the health of stream habitats and aquatic biological communities; inventory streambank conditions and land uses that may affect water quality; catalog and collect beach debris; and restore degraded habitats.
- Surf Your Watershed
Most beach water is polluted from pollution-generating activities upstream. It is important for you to know about pollutants entering the water from other communities. Surf Your Watershed will help you learn about pollutants and sources that affect the water quality in your local watershed.
Waterhsed groups are very effective in identifying and stopping pollution problems by working through a local watershed group. Join our national catalog of organizations involved in protecting local water bodies, including formal watershed alliances, local groups, and schools that conduct activities such as volunteer monitoring, cleanups, and restoration projects.
Beach Water Quality Information
- Check last year's local beach Water Quality Conditions
Planning a trip? Use last year's reports to find out whether a specific beach is being monitored, who is responsible for the monitoring, the pollutants that are being monitored, and if advisories or closures have been issued.
- The EMPACT Beaches Project: Results from a Study on Microbiological Monitoring in Recreational Waters (PDF) (83 pp, 954K, About PDF; August 2005). EPA's Office of Research and Development has publishing the results of a research project on sampling bacteria in waters designated for recreational use. The report identifies characteristics of a beach environment that were found to have the most influence on the measurement of beach water quality. (EPA 600/R-04/023)
Other EPA Water Quality Protection Programs
- New England Beaches and Coasts
EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT & 9 Tribal Nations) promotes high quality monitoring and assessment methods and new technologies. The Region also shares information among beach managers, while involving the public and communities in education, monitoring and advocacy.
- Great Lakes National Program
The EPA Great Lakes National Program oversees activities to restore and maintain the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem. This site provides information on the water quality of the Great Lakes and has a collection of photographs of beaches around the Great Lakes.
- Chesapeake Bay Program
Throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed there are many bathing beaches and recreational areas. The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that directs and conducts the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. This site describes the Chesapeake Bay Program and provides information on the health of the Bay and its ecosystem.
- National Estuary Program
In 1987, Congress established the National Estuary Program (NEP) as part of the Clean Water Act. The NEP's mission is to protect and restore the health of estuaries while supporting economic and recreational activities. This site lists the NEPs by region so you can easily find information about estuary protection programs in your area.
- Environmental Monitoring for Public Accessand Community Tracking (EMPACT) Program
The EMPACT program was an approach to working with communities to make timely, accurate, and understandable environmental information available in the largest US metropolitan areas. This information helps communities and individuals make informed day-to-day decisions about health and the environment.
- EPA Regional Offices
There are ten EPA Regional Offices that work with state, tribal, and local governmental agencies to carry out national water quality protection programs. Information about local water quality can be found on each of these websites. In each regional office is a Regional Beach Coordinator that you may contact if you would like additional information on the BEACH Program.
State and Local Water Quality Protection Programs
All links exit EPA . Additional links to State Beach Programs can be found in our 2006 Seasonal Summary.
- Earth 911 Beach Reports
- Florida: Healthy Beaches Program
- Illinois: Department of Public Health
- Indiana: Lake Michigan Coastal Coordination Program
- Beaches in the Great Lakes Region
- Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program