Restore Beach Act Funding
The goal of this campaign is to get Congress to pass a budget that includes at least level 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 our nation's beaches every year and the multi-billion dollar coastal economies that they support.Support Beach Water Testing! Donate
September 25 2013
Saving Beach Water Testing Programs
While the House of Representatives released a draft bill this summer that agreed with the President's budget for FY2014 by eliminating all funding for the EPA Beach Grant program, the Senate's proposal is more favorable. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for the Interior & the Environment, chaired by Senator Reed from RI, released their draft bill this past week and proposed to restore funding for this critical EPA program. View the Senate draft bill and explanatory statement online.
The EPA Beach Grant program provides assistance to all coastal states to help them pay for their beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs. Without continued funding for this program, we will surely see less testing happening at the beach and people will not have the information they need to decide if a day at the beach could make them sick or not. Read more history on this funding issue and the beach grant program here.
We will continue to try to build support for beach water testing programs as summer ends and Congress returns to DC to continue their negotiations over the federal budget. Join Surfrider in asking your Congressional representatives to support beach water testing programs by clicking here.
Click on the photo below to watch a brief (2.5 min) video of Senator Reed and the Director of the RI Dept. of Envionmental Management speaking of the value of beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs.
Since the passage of the BEACH Act in 2000, the EPA has been awarding federal beach grants to coastal and Great Lake States to pay for their beach water testing programs. The administration, however, has proposed to eliminate all funding for this program for the second year in a row, leaving coastal states and the beach-going public to fend for themselves. If federal funding for this program is not restored we will see fewer beaches being tested and less often, the elimination of winter testing programs and possibly the loss of some state beach monitoring programs in their entirety. Surfrider is asking Congress to restore the approximate $10 million annual appropriation to the FY 2014 budget. This is a small price to pay to protect our coastal tourism-based economies and a family's right-to-know if a day at the beach could make them sick.
Take action by sending an email to your Congressional representatives in DC here.
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- Country: USA
- Theme: Clean Water
- Launch Date: February 13 2012
- Completion Date: Ongoing