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Beach Act of 2013

Beach Act of 2013

The Beach Act of 2013 (H.R. 2601) proposes to modernize the technology we rely on to protect the health of the beach-going public and to extend the federal beach grants program, which helps coastal states pay for their beach water testing programs, for another 5 years. The goal of this campaign is to have a Senate companion bill submitted and ultimately see the Beach Act of 2013 pass both houses and signed into law.

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The BEACH Act of 2000 is the federal law that set national standards for recreational water testing and authorizes state grants to pay for beach monitoring programs. This landmark law was first championed by the Surfrider Foundation a decade ago. The Beach Act of 2013 (H.R. 2601) calls on EPA to approve rapid water testing methods that produce same-day results and expands the scope of the BEACH Act grants program to include tracking and cleaning up the sources of beach water pollution.  Improvements in public notification of beach water quality data and pollution incidents are also mandated, including a requirement for states to develop and maintain online, searchable, water quality databases.

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  • Country: USA
  • Theme: Clean Water
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  • Completion Date: Ongoing