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Beach Water Quality Monitoring Programs in Coastal States - Planning a day at the beach? Check to see if any water quality advisories are in effect! Before you head to the beach, it’s important to check local water quality conditions and swim advisories to protect your health and the health of your family. From stormwater runoff and sewage spills to toxic algae blooms, our beach water quality is constantly under threat. Exposure to this pollution can mean that a day at the beach could result in a week of painful ear infections, upset stomach, sore throats or worse. To make it easy to know before you go, the Surfrider Foundation has assembled key information on beach water quality monitoring programs across the nation. Learn more here.

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Today's Coastal Factoid

Method to increase Arctic sea ice explored

"According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice formation during the Arctic winter. AWI researchers have now, for the first time, tested the concept using a complex climate model and published their findings in the journal Earth’s Future. Their verdict is sobering: though the approach could potentially put off ice-free Arctic summers for a few more decades, beyond the Arctic the massive campaign wouldn’t produce any meaningful cooling effect." - Excerpt from Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
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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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