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February 2, 2015
Catch the bus and speak out to protect Florida’s water and public lands!

  On February 18, Floridians' Clean Water Declaration and Amendment 1 activists will join forces for a "Floridians for Clean Water & Amendment 1 Rally" on the front steps of the historic Old Capitol in Tallahassee. After the rally, we'll spread out over the Capitol for the unique opportunity to take our water stories directly to […]

August 14, 2014
EPA water quality standards and methods related to bacteria in marine waters are evolving

  In 2012, EPA modified its recommended Recreational Water Quality Criteria. In 2013, EPA updated its beach sanitary survey manual. In 2013, EPA developed a rapid microbiological method for ambient waters. Currently, EPA is revising National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants. Comments are due May 28, 2014. Later in 2014, a public […]

November 28, 2012
New Free App for Beach Lovers

The Swim Guide is a FREE app for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android that makes it easy to explore and enjoy the best beaches in these areas — Alabama, Alberta, British Columbia, California, Charleston SC, Connecticut, Florida, the Great Lakes, Greater Boston MA, Maryland/Chesapeake Bay, New York, the Ottawa River region, parts of Oregon & Washington states, Saskatchewan, and […]

November 28, 2012
EPA strengthens water quality guidelines for beaches

By Noam N. Levey, Washington BureauNovember 26, 2012, 7:24 p.m. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency updated water quality guidelines for the nation’s beaches Monday, moving in response to charges that the federal government has not done enough to protect bathers from polluted water. The new guidelines, which update standards issued in 1986, may not […]

November 19, 2012
DEP reorganization eliminates model beaches bureau, critics say

Bruce Ritchie, 11/15/2012 – 05:29 PM. A Florida Department of Environmental Protection divisional reorganization that includes eliminating a bureau dealing with beach issues is coming under fire. Florida’s has 825 miles of sandy coastline, contributing $15 billion a year to the state’s economy from beach tourism, according to DEP. The Division of Water Resource […]

October 22, 2012
Strong 2012 Nesting Season For Florida Loggerheads; ‘Nesting Has Risen Over The Past Five Years’ News Service – October 19, 2012 TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Loggerhead sea turtle nesting was near a 24-year high along Florida beaches this year, according to data compiled by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers. The loggerhead is listed federally as a threatened species. Trained surveyors from partners across the state count nests […]

June 27, 2012
NRDC ‘s 2012 Testing the Waters:A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches

The NRDC has released there 2012 beach report. It found that “Our nation’s beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that hurts local economies and puts the health of beachgoers and swimmers at risk.” Read the report now at

February 7, 2012
New beach water rules: Enough to make you sick

The Beach Act of 2000 gave the EPA a chance to vastly improve protection of the nation’s swimmers and surfers from pathogen-caused illnesses — an opportunity that seems about to be wasted. By Mark Gold. LA Times February 7, 2012 When Congress approved the Beach Act in 2000, I was hopeful. The law required the […]

July 5, 2011
Mixed news for Keys beach-water quality

By LARRY KAHN. KEYNOTER The Natural Resources Defense Council on Wednesday released its annual survey of beach-water quality and public notification of health advisories against swimming or complete closures, and it’s a mixed bag for the Florida Keys for 2010. Overall, the council ranked Florida as having the sixth-best beach-water quality among the 50 states. […]

July 1, 2011
U.S. Polluted Beach Closings, Warnings Spiked in 2010

WASHINGTON, DC, June 29, 2011 (ENS) – Polluted stormwater runoff and sewage overflows carrying oil, and human and animal waste fouled beaches around the country in 2010, causing the second-highest number of closing and advisory days in more than two decades, finds the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual beachwater quality report issued today. […]