Updates, Beach Act, Water Quality, Public Notification
February 09 2016

PRESIDENT’S BUDGET DISAPPOINTS: NO FUNDS FOR BEACH WATER TESTING

by Mara Dias

                      5

That's the number of times President Obama has proposed to eliminate funding for the BEACH Act. 

                      4

That's the number of times Surfrider, our supporters & our partners have managed to convince Congress to save funding for this important program that provides you with the information you need to know if a day at the beach will make you sick.

                     1 more time......

We won't stop now.  Fortunately we have a whole crew of staff and activists traveling to Washington, DC later this week who is ready to ask Congress to save this funding again.  We already have dozens of meetings scheduled with offices in both the House and Senate to talk about the issues that are important to our members like protecting the Atlantic coast from offshore oil and gas development, keeping beach water quality testing programs funded and reducing plastic pollution.   Click here to learn more about Surfrider's first Ocean Recreation Lobby Day

The BEACH Act is important because it sets national water quality standards to protect public health in recreational waters and it provides funding to coastal states to help them pay for their beach water testing and public notification programs.  Without this funding, we will see less beaches tested less often, and in some states, entire beach programs will shut down.  Unfortunately, the President's Budget for FY2017, released February 9th, 2016, proposes to eliminate all funding for the BEACH Act for the fifth year in a row.

It's disappointing that the President and his Administration have failed to take the government's responsibility to keep the public safe at the beach seriously once again.  In our homes and at the beach we all have the right to clean water.  Read more about Surfrider's take on this here.