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Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Program


The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Program (BEACH) focuses on the following five areas to meet the goals of improving public health and environmental protection for beach goers and providing the public with information about the quality of their beach water: strengthening beach standards and testing; providing faster laboratory test methods; predicting pollution; investing in health and methods research; and informing the public. States and other entities participating in the BEACH program are required to monitor their coastal beaches for bacteria that indicate the possible presence of disease-causing pathogens and notify the public when there is a potential threat to public health. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains an electronic database of these monitoring and threat notification data.

Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water
Data Years Available: 
Mode of Collection: 
Selected Content: 
Number of monitored beaches; number of beaches affected by advisories or closings; percentage of beach days affected by advisories or closings.
Population Covered: 
Beaches on coastal waters and the Great Lakes. (Grants are provided to coastal and Great Lakes states, territories, and eligible tribes.)
Response Rates and Sample Size: 
Interpretation Issues: 

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