The summer beach season is in full swing!
Although we’re not buff lifeguards perched on lookout stands, EPA and the coastal states play a critical role in making your day at the beach a safe one.
There are three basic ways EPA and the states keep you safe from pollution at the beach:
The U.S. enjoys some of the world’s best beach quality. For the past six years, America’s beaches have been open and safe for swimming more than 95 percent of the time.
In a single year, an estimated 96 million people visited a U.S. beach. Are you among that group? How many times do you visit a beach during the summer? What’s your favorite stretch of sand?
For more information, visit our site about Mid Atlantic beaches, oceans, and estuaries. You can also listen to this recent Environment Matters Podcast to learn more about the deep blue sea and the ways it’s being protected.
And check out these posts we had earlier this summer about Adopt-A-Beach programs and BEACON notifications. And finally, make sure you don’t fry at the beach – for ways to protect yourself from the sun, check out EPA’s SunWise tips.
See you at the beach!
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