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New Report On The State Of Texas Beaches

A new report found Surfside beach had the cleanest water

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The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health or BEACH Act, is a vital tool in helping states and local governments develop monitoring programs to protect public health. Jon Devine, an environmental attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, says for the last 24 years, NRDC has compiled information about the nation’s coastal and great lakes beaches:

“That indicates whether or not the water might be contaminated with human and animal waste, and the germs that it contains that can make you sick.”

PH : “Any revelations?”

Devine  “What we found is that progress at the national level, and many states around the country is pretty much stagnated, said Devine. We’ve plateaued at best, in terms of how water quality is done over several years running. And so, what that says to us is that we need to improve the policies that can address the sources of beachwater pollution.”

He says the report found a couple of things regarding those policies:

“One is protect better, our small streams and wetlands that are upstream of beaches and other water bodies to trap polluted water and even filter out pollution said Devine, and also in our urban and suburban areas, use techniques that we call “green infrastructure”, that allow water to either infiltrate or evaporate and therefore not cause pollution problerms.”

Devine says out of 30-states tested by the NRDC, Texas ranked 16th in beach water quality. 

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