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Heal the Bay 2010-2011 ANNUAL BEACH REPORT CARD

Heal the Bay 2010-2011 ANNUAL BEACH REPORT CARD

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Published by Andy Sternberg
Heal the Bay’s 21st Annual Beach Report Card® provides water quality information to the millions of people who swim, surf or dive in California, Oregon and Washington coastal waters. This is the first annual report to cover the entire West Coast, with the debut of beach water quality grades from our northern neighbors, Oregon and Washington.

http://www.healthebay.org/blogs-news/2010-2011-annual-beach-report-card

The 2011 Annual Beach Report Card incorporates more than 150 additional monitoring locations along the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Essential reading for ocean users, the report card grades approximately 600 locations along the West Coast for summer dry weather and more than 324 locations year-round on an A-to-F scale based on the risk of adverse health effects to beachgoers. The grades are based on fecal bacteria pollution concentrations in the surf zone. The program has evolved from an annual review of beaches in the Santa Monica Bay to weekly updates of beach monitoring locations throughout California, Oregon and Washington. All of this information is available on Heal the Bay’s website, www.healthebay.org, and at www.beachreportcard.org.

Recreating in waters with increased bacteria concentrations has been associated with increased risks to human health, such as stomach flu, nausea, skin rashes, eye infections and respiratory illness. Beach water quality monitoring agencies collect and analyze samples, then post the necessary health warnings to protect public health. Poor water quality not only directly threatens the health of swimmers and beachgoers, but is also directly linked to ocean-dependent economies.

Ocean water quality monitoring is vital to ensuring the health protection of the millions who recreate in coastal waters. Since the Annual Beach Report Card was first published more than twenty years ago, beachgoers throughout California have come to rely on the grades as vital public health protection tools. Now, residents and visitors of Oregon and Washington beaches will have the same critical information at their fingertips.
Heal the Bay’s 21st Annual Beach Report Card® provides water quality information to the millions of people who swim, surf or dive in California, Oregon and Washington coastal waters. This is the first annual report to cover the entire West Coast, with the debut of beach water quality grades from our northern neighbors, Oregon and Washington.

http://www.healthebay.org/blogs-news/2010-2011-annual-beach-report-card

The 2011 Annual Beach Report Card incorporates more than 150 additional monitoring locations along the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Essential reading for ocean users, the report card grades approximately 600 locations along the West Coast for summer dry weather and more than 324 locations year-round on an A-to-F scale based on the risk of adverse health effects to beachgoers. The grades are based on fecal bacteria pollution concentrations in the surf zone. The program has evolved from an annual review of beaches in the Santa Monica Bay to weekly updates of beach monitoring locations throughout California, Oregon and Washington. All of this information is available on Heal the Bay’s website, www.healthebay.org, and at www.beachreportcard.org.

Recreating in waters with increased bacteria concentrations has been associated with increased risks to human health, such as stomach flu, nausea, skin rashes, eye infections and respiratory illness. Beach water quality monitoring agencies collect and analyze samples, then post the necessary health warnings to protect public health. Poor water quality not only directly threatens the health of swimmers and beachgoers, but is also directly linked to ocean-dependent economies.

Ocean water quality monitoring is vital to ensuring the health protection of the millions who recreate in coastal waters. Since the Annual Beach Report Card was first published more than twenty years ago, beachgoers throughout California have come to rely on the grades as vital public health protection tools. Now, residents and visitors of Oregon and Washington beaches will have the same critical information at their fingertips.

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Published by: Andy Sternberg on May 25, 2011
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©2011 Heal the Bay. All Rights Reserved. The shbones logo is a trademark of Heal the Bay. The Beach Report Card is a servicemark of Heal the Bay. Cover photo: Joy Aoki
Heal the Bay is a nonprot environmental organization dedicatedto making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds,including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use research,education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.The Beach Report Card program is funded by grants from
Grousbeck Family Foundation

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