Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What's the State of Your Beach?

The Surfrider Foundation's 2007 State of the Beach report has been released! You can read this comprehensive and informative report on the health of our beaches at http://www.surfrider.org/stateofthebeach.

Although the core audience for this report is coastal managers across the US, the State of the Beach report also empowers concerned beach users like you by providing detailed information to take action on behalf of your coast.
The report evaluates the status of 9 Beach Health Indicators: beach access, surf zone water quality, erosion data, erosion response, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology, surfing areas and website for 25 coastal states and territories.

The featured indicator this year is surf zone water quality. Water quality at our beaches continues to be impaired by both non-point source pollution and episodic sewer spills threatening the health of beach goers, surfers and ocean wildlife.

The sections of each state report provide numerous links to easily access additional information, data and reports produced by state agencies, academic institutions and other organizations.

You can also view bonus State of the Beach report sections including:
The Bad and the Rad - factoids highlighting information on what's wrong and what's right along our coasts.

Perspectives - articles by Surfrider foundation staff, activists and other environmentalists regarding the state of our beaches and coastal waters.

Our Beach Manifesto - Surfrider Foundation's goals for coastal conditions and coastal management policy.

Please take a look at the State of the Beach report. If you would like a printed executive summary of this report, have questions or would like to give us feedback, feel free to contact us at stateofthebeach@surfrider.org.

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