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BEACH Program: Bacteria Trends at Core Marine Beaches, 2003-2014

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15-03-037December 2015
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Author(s) Sargeant, D. and E. Newell
Description The BEACH Program is an ongoing monitoring and notification program throughout Puget Sound and the coast of Washington State. Saltwater recreational beaches are tested for enterococci bacteria to determine possible health risk to the public from water-contact recreation. Bacteria data from 51 consistently monitored beaches were analyzed to determine if there were any long-term trends in beach water quality based on summer bacteria data from 2003 through 2014. Results indicate that the consistently monitored beaches overall show no significant bacteria trends in water quality for the period tested. Individual beaches were tested for bacteria trends over time and showed mixed results.
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Keywords marine beaches, marine water quality, marine monitoring, beach, Puget Sound, bacteria, trends
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Areas
(WRIA 01,WRIA 03,WRIA 05,WRIA 06,WRIA 07,WRIA 08,WRIA 09,WRIA 10,WRIA 12,WRIA 13,WRIA 14,WRIA 15,WRIA 16,WRIA 17,WRIA 18,WRIA 19,WRIA 20,WRIA 22)
DATA Environmental Information Management (EIM) #EPABEACH


POSTER: Bacteria Trends at Marine Beaches in Washington State, 2003-2014