Monday, June 22, 2009
A bill to re-authorize the BEACH Act is moving through Congress.
The Clean Coastal Environment & Public Health Act will do more
to protect public health and improve water quality at our
nation's beaches. Let Congress know that you support clean
beaches and immediate access to critical water quality
Urge your Representatives to support the prompt passage of this
You can take action on this alert either via email (please see
directions below) or via the web at:
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
Beach water pollution is threatening the health of beach-goers and the vitality of coastal economies across this nation. Reliance on slow and outdated monitoring methods is forcing beach managers to make important public health decisions with day-old water quality information. This puts public health at risk and often forces
pre-emptive beach closures, which may or may not end up being necessary.
The Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act mandates the adoption of rapid testing methods that provide water quality information within hours of sampling. It forces states to issue beach advisories within 24 hours and sets new standards for
public notification. This bill will also, for the first time, allow state beach grants to be used to track the sources of beach pollution and, in the Senate bill, to clean up these sources.
Help our coastal communities manage clean, healthy beaches by co-sponsoring and supporting the prompt passage of this important piece of legislation. To sign-on, please contact the office of Representative Pallone or Senator Lautenberg. I encourage you to take action by December 30, 2009.