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Data and Reports about Beach Health

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Data

  • BEACON—Beach Advisory and Water Quality Data
    EPA created the Beach Advisory and Closing Online Notification (BEACON) system to meet the Agency's requirement to provide to the public a database of pollution occurrences for coastal recreation waters. BEACON contains state-reported beach monitoring and notification data.
    • The BEACON 2.0 User's Guide describes how to use the online BEACON 2.0 system to obtain state-reported beach monitoring and notification data.
    • The Submitting Beach Data to EPA page provides resources and reference materials for state beach program managers and IT staff responsible for submitting beach monitoring (water quality), notification (advisory and closing), and beach location data to EPA as required by the BEACH Act.

Reports

Beach Reports: Monitoring and Public Notification Statistics

EPA has published national summary reports about advisories and closings for beaches along the U.S. coasts and Great Lakes.

National reports on the swimming seasons from 1999 through 2012, along with state-by-state data, are available in EPA Archive. Search EPA Archive

Implementing the BEACH Act of 2000: 2018 Report to Congress

On September 6, 2018, EPA submitted to Congress the BEACH Act of 2000: 2018 Report to Congress as required by Section 7 of the BEACH Act (33 U.S.C. 1375(a)).

EPA Has Not Reported to Congress on BEACH Act Progress as Statutorily Required or Fully Documented Budget Decisions

This report by EPA’s Office of Inspector General evaluates how EPA grants provided under the BEACH Act assist states, territories and tribes in monitoring the water quality of coastal recreation waters and notifying the public of contamination events.


National List of Beaches

EPA maintains a list of beaches (or similar points of access for coastal recreation waters) used by the public in the U.S. The list, required by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act (BEACH Act), identifies waters that are subject to a state beach water quality monitoring and public notification program consistent with the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for BEACH Act Grants. The list contains the most recent information that states, territories, and eligible tribes with coastal and Great Lakes beaches have submitted to EPA.

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