If the U.S. EPA has any say in the matter they will be - or you'll
know about it. New testing techniques will let them determine water quality within hours instead of days.
Swimming in polluted water containing E. coli and/or enterococcus bacteria can cause serious eye, ear, skin and respiratory infections, even diarrhea. However, current water safety tests can take 24 to 48 hours for results - not soon enough to protect swimmers.
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing new water
safety tests at Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes
beaches across America that produce water quality information
within two to three hours.
are part of an unprecedented study being launched this summer
by the EPA. The National Beaches Study will include water quality
testing as well as interviews with thousands of families at each
site - with follow-up interviews to see if their health was affected.
How you can pitch in to help keep your beach clean and protect the environment
Along with government programs that protect local beaches, here are a few things you can do to help:
How clean is your beach?
Click on your
location, below, for recent information on how your state or local
government is helping to keep neighborhood beaches clean and safe.
These detailed reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council
(NRDC) are in PDF format and require Adobe
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