Water testing programs protect public health at the beach

For the last five years, 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 -- has been on the chopping block.  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!

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Ask Congress to protect swimmer health at the beach

Please send an email to Congress asking them to restore funding for the BEACH Act in the federal budget. You deserve to know if a day at the beach could make you sick!

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We're in it for the long haul!

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.

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Stay Informed & Take Action

Easy Ways to Get Involved

  • Send an email to Congress asking them to support healthy beaches by continuing to fund the BEACH Act.
  • Know before you go.  Check out Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force website to see if we are testing anywhere near you.
  • Support Surfrider’s campaign to restore funding for the BEACH Act. Donate today and send the message that clean water and healthy beaches are important to you and your family.
  • Get involved with your community, and where possible, through a local Surfrider chapter.

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Celebrating World Water Month by learning how your personal and household conservation and preservation efforts can protect our ocean and its water quality.
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