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Beach Water Quality Monitoring Programs in Coastal States - Planning a day at the beach? Check to see if any water quality advisories are in effect! Before you head to the beach, it’s important to check local water quality conditions and swim advisories to protect your health and the health of your family. From stormwater runoff and sewage spills to toxic algae blooms, our beach water quality is constantly under threat. Exposure to this pollution can mean that a day at the beach could result in a week of painful ear infections, upset stomach, sore throats or worse. To make it easy to know before you go, the Surfrider Foundation has assembled key information on beach water quality monitoring programs across the nation. Learn more here.

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Extreme habitat provides glimpse into extraterrestrial life

"The Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, in the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico, was once a shallow sea that became isolated from the Gulf of Mexico around 43 million years ago. This basin has an unusual characteristic of being particularly nutrient-poor and harboring a “lost world” of many below-ground and above-ground aquatic microbes of ancient marine ancestry. Because of these characteristics, it is an invaluable place for researchers to study and understand how life may have existed on other planets in our solar system." - Excerpt from Arizona State University
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The Surfrider Foundation State of the Beach report is our continually-updated assessment of the health of our nation’s beaches. It is intended to empower concerned citizens and coastal managers by giving them the information needed to take action. For over ten years we have been collecting information on beach access, surf zone water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches and the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to protect them.

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Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches. If you would like to contribute please visit this page.

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