Fund Florida Water Quality Monitoring

Active | January 01 2017

Clean Water

In 2000, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Healthy Beaches Program to test coastal water quality throughout the state. The program samples for fecal coliform and enterococci bacteria, which are bacterial indicators of poor water quality. Exposure to contaminated water can lead to gastroenteritis, respiratory illness, rashes, eye and ear ailments, and more. In 2011, the Governor and Legislature cut all state funding to the Florida Healthy Beaches Program. We seek full restoration of funding for the Florida Healthy Beaches Program in 2017.

Due to a lack of state funds, the program has significantly reduced sampling frequency. The base line program sampling has decreased from weekly to bi-weekly and sampling is suspended between November and March for all counties north of Pinellas and Brevard. The program has also reduced the number of sampling locations monitored during the summer. In 2015 there were 139 advisories in Florida- imagine the numbers if we were able to adequately monitor all Florida beaches with regular frequency. 

We seek full restoration of funding for the Florida Healthy Beaches Program in 2017. Click here to learn how you can take action!

Clean Water

Everyone should have access to clean water to surf, swim and play in. The Surfrider Foundation is taking a multi-tiered approach to tackle ocean pollution problems. We are testing the waters for bacteria and toxins, raising public awareness and finding real solutions to ocean pollution; solutions that restore healthy watersheds, protect local water supplies and keep pollution from reaching the ocean.

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Holly Parker: 850.567.3393

Holly Parker: 850.567.3393