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Find out about the quality of the water at beaches and health risks associated with swimming in polluted water.
> Discover 4 ways to learn about your beach
Check water quality, read beach safety tips and learn what you can do to protect and clean up beaches.
> Four ways to get ready
EPA has released a suite of materials states and communities can use to protect public health during harmful algal bloom (HAB) outbreaks caused by cyanobacteria.
> Learn how to protect public health during HAB outbreaks
Take action and make a difference! Clean up trash and litter at your favorite beach by volunteering at a local beach cleanup event.
> Learn how to get involved
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