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Water: Beaches

Report to Congress

Our coastal beaches are one of our nation's natural treasures. We have recognized the need for improved protection of public health at beaches, including stronger beach monitoring programs. In 2000 Congress passed the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act. The Act established uniform criteria for testing, monitoring, and notifying public users of possible coastal recreation water problems.

This Report to Congress (October 2006) documents the significant progress that EPA and its partners have made in implementing the BEACH Act.

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