US congress approves funding for beach water monitoring

January 28, 2014 | Environment
Beach Act: monitoring the quality of American beaches

The United States Congress has passed a federal budget that includes funding for the Beach Act Grants program that supports beach water quality monitoring and ensures national safety standards are followed at beaches across the country.

This funding is essential to protect public health for the millions of people who visit US beaches every year and the multi-billion dollar coastal economies that they support.

The EPA Beach Grant program provides assistance to all coastal states to help pay for their beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs.

"After a long-fought effort to defend and sustain the purpose of the Beach Act to protect the nation's coastal water quality, we are very happy to see this decision out of Capitol Hill this week," says Angela Howe, Surfrider Foundation's Legal Director.

In 2012, there were over 20,000 beach closures and advisories for dirty water in the U.S.

The Surfrider Foundation has been working hard to build support in Congress for the Beach Act ever since the President first released his budget proposal to zero out funding for the program two years ago.

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