12 • 18 • 2015
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 three years in a row, leaving coastal states and the beach-going public to fend for themselves. Without federal funding for this grants program, 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. Fortunately Congress has restored the approximate $10 million program appropriation each year (FY2013 - FY2015), and they were willing to save program funding for FY2016 once more.