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Technical Resources about Beaches

The resources below help state and local officials to monitor beach health and to make decisions about when to issue an advisory or close beaches due to unsafe environmental conditions.  EPA’s BEACON  database provides information on beach water quality and beach advisories and closures for coastal recreation waters and the Great Lakes.  Annual national statistics for the 1999 - 2012 swimming seasons along with state-by-state data are also available in EPA Archive. Search EPA Archive