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Beach Grants

EPA awards BEACH Act grants to eligible coastal and Great Lakes states, territories, and tribes to develop and implement beach monitoring and notification programs. During each swimming season, state and local health and environmental protection agencies monitor the quality of water at the nation’s beaches. When bacteria levels in the water are too high, these agencies notify the public by posting beach warnings or closing the beach. The grants help local authorities monitor beach water quality and notify the public of conditions that may be unsafe for swimming.

Three factors influence the grant allocations: (1) the length of the beach season, (2) the number of miles of shoreline, and (3) the populations of coastal counties. EPA initially announced the formula for calculating grant allocations in the Federal Register on March 31, 2003 (see 68 FR 15446) and published a supplemental allocation formula on January 11, 2010 (see 75 FR 1373).

EPA has awarded nearly $177 million in grants for the beach monitoring and notification programs since it started awarding grants in 2002. In 2019, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated $9.2 million to eligible grantees. There are currently 30 states, 5 territories, and 4 tribes that are eligible to apply for beach grant funds.

Fiscal Year Grant Total
2019 $9,235,000
2018 $9,331,000
2017 $9,786,256

For a breakdown of how the grants were allocated among states, territories, and tribes and the required performance criteria, see:

Information Collection Request on Grant Reporting Requirements

Every two years, the EPA updates the reporting requirements for the BEACH Act Grants Information Collection Request (ICR). As a grant condition, grant recipients are required to collect and submit beach monitoring and notification information to the EPA. Collection of this information allows the EPA to evaluate the extent to which grant recipients fulfill the requirements of the BEACH Act.

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