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, Swim Guide Editor
Posted: March 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

The average American loves beaches, spending about 10 days per year by the water. The US EPA doesn’t want to pay to monitor beach health anymore, and has announced that it will cut millions of dollars in annual funding beginning next year. There are 3.5-million people getting sick each year after swimming in polluted waters, and we’re concerned that cutbacks to monitoring will make things worse.

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The Washington Post’s Darryl Frears describes the love/hate relationship between Americans and their beaches.

About 3.5 million people each year get sick enough to throw up or get diarrhea after splashing in water containing harmful bacteria, according to an Environmental Protection Agency estimate. This is why environmentalists are criticizing the Obama administration’s proposal this month to cut all funding for states to monitor contamination at beaches starting in 2013.

If the cuts are approved and Swim Guide beaches are affected, we’ll let you know.

Click here to read the full article from February 26, 2012.

 

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