Right when we are gearing up for Swim Guide’s first full summer at U.S. beaches, the Environmental Protection Agency announces it will eliminate a key government program that helped fund beach water quality monitoring at thousands of beaches across the country. The cutback would kick-in during 2013 and could mean an end to water quality monitoring and information sharing in dozens of states, affecting millions of Americans.
It gets worse for beach-lovers in the USA. The EPA cuts were announced just after new water quality standards were released for public comment. (more…)