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Data and Reports about Beach Health

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Beach Advisory and Water Quality Data

EPA created the Beach Advisory and Closing Online Notification (BEACON) system to meet the Agency's requirement to provide to the public a database of pollution occurrences for coastal recreation waters. BEACON contains state-reported beach monitoring and notification data, interactive maps, and the ability to generate reports and trends at the national, state, and local levels.

  • The BEACON 2.0 User's Guide describes how to use the online BEACON 2.0 system to obtain state-reported beach monitoring and notification data.
  • The Submitting Beach Data to EPA page provides resources and reference materials for state beach program managers and IT staff responsible for submitting beach monitoring (water quality), notification (advisory and closing), and beach location data to EPA as required by the BEACH Act.

National List of Beaches

EPA maintains a list of beaches (or similar points of access for coastal recreation waters) used by the public in the U.S. The list, required by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act (BEACH Act), identifies waters that are subject to a beach water quality monitoring and public notification program consistent with the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for BEACH Act Grants. The list contains the most recent information that states, territories, and eligible tribes with coastal and Great Lakes beaches have submitted to EPA.


Annual Beach Swimming Season Report

EPA releases an annual report that contains national-level statistics of beach closings and advisories that states, territories, and tribes issued during the swimming season as well as beach data trends over several years.

You can also create a report for any year from 2014 to the present that uses the most up-to-date information in EPA’s database (that may have been updated after our reports were released) using the dynamic report.

Implementing the BEACH Act of 2000: 2018 Report to Congress

On September 6, 2018, EPA submitted to Congress the BEACH Act of 2000: 2018 Report to Congress as required by Section 7 of the BEACH Act (33 U.S.C. 1375(a)).

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