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Surfrider Foundation upset about possible cuts to federal beach program

February 17th, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports

The Surfrider Foundation, which supports beach and ocean conservation projects, is concerned by the budget proposed by the Obama Administration this

Beach activists advocate for clean beaches and water. (Photo: Chris Straley.)

week.

The proposed FY 2013 EPA budget would axe $9.9 million from the federal Beach Grant Program, which Surfrider says would cut or curtail coastal water quality monitoring by many states.

“The Surfrider Foundation has been working for decades to warn surfers and swimmers about the health risks of swimming in polluted water,” says Surfrider Foundation Environmental Director Chad Nelsen. “Eliminating the Beach Grant Program puts every beachgoer’s health at risk because they won’t know when or where it’s safe to surf or swim.”

The group has started a petition to try to restore funding, and notes that without the federal funds as an incentive, states could flout the BEACH Act, requiring that coastal waters meet certain standards.

The Surfrider Foundation, which has chapters across all US coasts, was founded in 1984 by beach and ocean environmentalists in Malibu, Calif.. The group counts more than 250,000 people among its supporters worldwide. It supports beach clean-ups, plastic bag bans and other efforts that help keep beaches and oceans free of litter and pollution.



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