How's Your Beach?

| June 18, 2001

How's Your Beach? Patricia Michaels, Environmental Issues
Since summer's only a couple of days away, you may be thinking about hitting the beach and maybe even wondering about its water quality.'sEnvironmental Issues' specialist Patricia Michaels can help, as she documents the ways you can check the status of beaches near you. Michaels notes that 19 states don't regularly monitor or report on the water quality of their public beaches, but adds that new federal legislation now mandates that states adopt EPA water quality standards and initiate water-quality monitoring programs within the next 3 1/2 years. 'States, commonly upset with unfunded mandates from the Federal Government, need not fret,' she writes. 'The Act also provides up to $30 million per year in grants to help states and local communities establish the program.' Read the rest of the article to find out more about currently available resources.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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