National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants

The National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants outlines the performance criteria that eligible coastal or Great Lakes state, tribal, or local governments must meet to receive grants to implement coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs under the BEACH Act. The Beach Guidance also provides useful guidance for both coastal and inland beach monitoring and notification programs. The BEACH Act, however, authorizes the award of grant funds to support monitoring and notification programs for coastal recreation waters only.

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Draft Revised Guidance Document (2014)

EPA is now revising the original 2002 document. A major goal of this revision is to encourage a more comprehensive approach to tiered monitoring and notification plans by using better historical information and new tools (such as modeling and rapid methods). We have added important technical information and revised policies that have occurred during the last decade. In this revised draft, for example, EPA has updated scientific and technical references and incorporated key aspects from the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria. The Agency is also emphasizing the use of tools - such as sanitary surveys - to help evaluate and manage beaches. In addition, we have added discussions of newer beach notification and communication tools, such as social media, websites and emails. The comment period for the draft guidance document closed on May 28, 2014. EPA is now considering the comments received and is preparing the final guidance document.

Guidance Document (2002)

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