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UK Improves Bathing Water Quality

In 2015, 97% of England’s bathing waters passed new, more stringent minimum standards set by the European Union. In total, 63.6% of bathing waters meet the new Excellent standard. The results are highlighted in a 2015 compliance report released on November 5, 2015. The UK’s bathing waters have continually improved since 1990 when just 27% […]

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Beach Monitoring Pilot Provides Bacteria Results in Just Hours

This summer the Chicago Park District is piloting a new program to rapidly detect bacterial contamination at five of the city’s beaches. The pilot program will cover Calumet, Rainbow, South Shore, 63rd Street, and Montrose beaches. Through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the parks department will know whether beaches are safe […]

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EPA Updates Beach Guidance, Launches New Beaches Website

On July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published updated National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants. To receive grants, the 38 states, territories, and tribes eligible under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act must meet the performance criteria established by EPA. According to EPA, the requirements will lead to […]

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NRDC Release Beach Water Quality Report

On June 25, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual beach report, finding 35 “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders.” According to the report, 10% of water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. […]

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Water Quality Excellent at Majority of Europe’s Swimming Sites, Report Says

In late May, the European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report on the water quality of Europe’s beaches, rivers, and lakes. According to the report, European waters were generally of high quality in 2013, with 95% of sites meeting minimum requirements and 83% meeting the more stringent ‘excellent’ level. Just 2% were rated as poor. Coastal […]

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