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

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16-03-013March 2016
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Author(s) Sargeant, D. and J. Ruffner
Description The Washington State BEACH Program is an ongoing program that ensures saltwater beaches are healthy to swim and play in. Popular saltwater beaches are tested for Enterococci bacteria every summer. When bacteria levels are high, the public is notified through signage and social media.

Since 2003, from 46 to 78 beaches have been sampled by local health departments, tribes, and volunteers. This includes 50 beaches that are the highest-use and highest-risk. Data from these 50 beaches were analyzed to determine if bacterial water quality has significantly changed since the start of the BEACH Program.

This poster will be presented at the “2016 Recreational Waters Conference,” April 12-15, New Orleans, LA.
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Keywords beach, marine waters, bacteria, enterococci

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