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Healthy Beaches Action Guide
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Healthy beaches play an important role in the area of public health and are also critical to properly functioning ecosystems. Unfortunately, in 2010, 112 Great Lakes beaches were unfit for swimming for at least 14 days during the summer.
Unhealthy beaches directly affect the water quality of our lakes, which in turn supply our drinking water, offer natural habitats for plant, animal and aquatic species, and are used by millions for swimming, boating, fishing and other recreation.
Fortunately, clear solutions have been identified to remedy beach pollution problems, and help restore and protect the Great Lakes from further decline.
What makes a beach unhealthy?
Identifying the source of pollution is the first step in understanding beach health. Pollution that may disrupt the natural functions of a shoreline include:
Solutions for improved beach health
Our volunteers' results are tracked in a regional database and the sources of pollution are identified, making it possible to then identify and advocate for ways to bring an unhealthy beach back to health.