Technical Resources about Beaches
The resources below help state and local officials to monitor beach health and to make decisions about when to restrict access to or close beaches due to unsafe environmental conditions.
Data and Reports about Beach Health
Recreational Water Quality Criteria (RWQC)
- 2012 National Recommended RWQC
- 1986 Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Bacteria (PDF) (24 pp, 160 K, About PDF)
(superseded by 2012 criteria, for reference only)