BEACH Act grants are awarded 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.
EPA has awarded nearly $149 million in grants for the beach monitoring and notification programs since it started awarding grants in 2002.
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The grants are allocated based on three factors: (1) the length of the beach season, (2) shoreline miles, and (3) coastal county population. The grant allocation formula was first announced in the Federal Register on March 31, 2003 (see 68 FR 15446) with a supplemental allocation formula published on January 11, 2010 (see 75 FR 1373). For a breakdown of how the grant totals were allocated among EPA Regions, states, territories, and tribes, see:
Grant allocations for FY01, FY03, FY04, FY06 and FY09 Search EPA Archive
Grant allocations for FY05, FY07, FY08, FY10 and FY11 visit National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
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.
Information Collection Request; Reporting Requirements for BEACH Act Grants (Renewal) (January 23, 2012)
- Data Reporting Requirements under Beach Act grants | Fact Sheet (May 2005; revised October 2008)
- Contacts for EPA, state, tribe and territory beach programs