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EH-7 Data Details

EH-7 Increase the proportion of days that beaches are open and safe for swimming

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Program; Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water (EPA/OW)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
95.0 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
Maintain consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, and laws.
Percent of beach-days assessed as open and safe for swimming
Percent of beach-days assessed
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Reporting is done for those beaches, coastal and Great Lakes beaches, monitored through the beach season. Total available beach days are the sum of the length of each state/territory's beach season multiplied by the number of beaches in the state/territory. Notifications actions are reported as the number of days under advisory or closed.


Additional resources about the objective.