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Health Threats from Polluted Coastal Waters - Recreational use of rivers, lakes, and the ocean is immensely popular in the U.S. and includes activities such as swimming, surfing, paddling, and diving. Over 143 million people in the U.S. use surface waters to engage in non-motorized water sports. While some pollutants in the water are easily identifiable and avoidable, such as plastic debris and garbage, unseen microbial threats continue to pose serious risk to recreational water users health. The best way to stay healthy during your next trip to the beach is to be aware of any issued advisories or closures. Learn more here!

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Chemical Pollutants in the Pacific Worsen with Climate Change

"University of British Columbia researchers studying the marine food web of the Northeast Pacific Ocean have found that the exposure and accumulation of chemical pollutants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organic mercury, will be exacerbated under climate change... [I]n recent years the Pacific Coast has seen a decline in the Chinook salmon population, likely due to the impact of ocean warming. Now this species of salmon will also likely be impacted by increased pollutants in their food web, magnified under climate change, the study has found." - University of British Columbia.
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State of the Beach

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The Surfrider Foundation State of the Beach report is our continually-updated assessment of the health of our nation’s beaches. It is intended to empower concerned citizens and coastal managers by giving them the information needed to take action. For over ten years we have been collecting information on beach access, surf zone water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches and the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to protect them.

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Why Beachapedia?

Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches. If you would like to contribute please visit this page.

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