Beach water: testing one, two, three

Just because your local beach hasn't been closed in awhile doesn't mean it's somehow gotten cleaner-in fact it may be dirtier.

"Isn't that what water quality testing is for?" you may be wondering.

Well, yes, assuming that it's being done. According to an unnerving investigation conducted by the LA Times, beach health testing is at an all-time low since it was made law in 1999.

According to the law, beaches are required to test water quality at least once per week in summer months.

Many beaches had been testing extensively year round, and on a near daily basis in the summer.

Currently, however, many government agencies are appealing to the law's unfortunate loophole-if the project isn't fully funded, testing isn't required.

Now beaches like Trestles, where thousands of people surf year-round, are being tested four times annually where they used to be tested 70 times annually. Not exactly reassuring, is it?


SOURCE: Surfrider