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What is EPA?

EPA stands for Environmental Protection Agency. In 1970, the United States government created EPA as the country's leading agency to protect the environment and public health. Since then, EPA has been working to protect and improve the health of the air we breathe and the water we drink, swim in, and fish from. EPA's mission is ultimately to improve the quality of life for everyone living in the United States.

EPA also works to protect our nation's coastal and marine resources from the negative effects of pollution. Monitoring and studying our surrounding coastlines plays a crucial role in providing information on the physical, chemical and biological condition of our coastal waters. EPA relies on monitoring information taken onboard the OSV Bold to observe changes from pollution and to develop management and planning strategies to protect and preserve our marine environments.

What is the BOLD?

Our Ocean Survey Vessel, The Bold is the EPA's only Ocean and Coastal monitoring ship. The Bold has high tech equipment to take samples of water, bottom sediment and marine creatures! Before coming to help EPA learn more about protecting the health of our coastal waters in 2004, the Bold was a United States Naval Ship, the USNS Bold.

OSV Bold's Mission

In the five years since the Bold has transformed from a Navy ship into a marine, environmental research ship, the Bold has helped EPA monitor and take samples all around the United States coastline. The Bold has brought EPA scientists to study in the gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

From Maine and Alaska to San Diego, California, EPA has studied the health of our nation's coastal marine habitats and the human activities on land and in the water that affect these fragile coastal environments. The oceans may be big, but they still need our help. Onboard the Bold, EPA is gathering more information every year about the health of our nation's surrounding oceans so we can all work to better protect our coastal environments.

What do you think the 'OSV' stands for?

Ocean Survey Vessel

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