Water testing programs protect public health at the beach
For the last five years, the Obama Administration has proposed to eliminate all federal funding for the EPA BEACH Act grants program -- the main source of funding for water quality testing and public health protection programs at beaches across the country. If communities lose this funding, we will see beach testing programs in many states completely stop. To help ensure this doesn’t become a reality, Surfrider has been working hard to build support in Congress to save funding for this critical yet relatively inexpensive program, and thus far we have been successful.
Please join Surfrider's efforts to restore funding for the BEACH Act!
Back in 2000, the Surfrider Foundation was one of the driving forces behind the initial passage of the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act (BEACH Act). Today, our chapter network continues to work at the federal, state and local level to ensure that you have the information you need to know if a day at the beach will make you sick.
We are advocating for federal and state funding to keep beach water testing programs running. And through our Blue Water Task Force water testing program, Surfrider volunteers are collaborating with state and local governments to provide even more water quality information for better public health protection at the beach and to track and fix local sources of pollution.