Clean Beaches Initiative
The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) identifies coastal
health as a challenge recognizing the significance of beaches to the
economic well-being, health and quality of life of the region's
citizens. Contamination leading to beach advisories continues to be a
concern in the Basin. The GLRC calls for identification of sources of
contamination and remediation. Sanitary surveys and predictive modeling
are a means to achieve these goals.
In response to data collected from
the Great Lakes states which found that 90% of their beach advisories
and closings were from unknown sources, U.S. EPA and federal, state and
local beach program partners developed standardized beach sanitary
survey forms in 2007. These forms assist beach managers with a
consistent approach to identify pollution sources, share information,
and plan source remediation. The forms were successfully piloted by 61
Great Lakes beaches during the 2007 beach season, through EPA funding.
The GLRC Clean Beaches Initiative is focused on broadening the use of
these standard sanitary survey forms throughout the Great Lakes region.
Beach managers, cities, tribes, and citizen volunteers are encouraged to
use the standard sanitary survey forms and take this first critical step
towards ensuring clean and safe beaches.
Need more guidance in filling out the forms?
- If your beach is small, embayed and surrounded by parkland, see
Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (PDF, 27 pages, 4.73Mb)
example of a completed Annual Sanitary Survey form.
- If your beach is urban, slightly embayed and has storm drains
emptying on to it, see the
Racine, Wisconsin (PDF, 24 pages, 9.18Mb) or
Racine, Wisconsin (PDF, 18 pages, 3.43Mb) examples of
completed Annual Sanitary Survey forms.
- Need a reference for filling out the routine sanitary survey
form? This filled in
form (PDF, 1 page, 66Kb) is an example from a state
park beach which is open to the water.
- Are you a concerned citizen who would like to help improve the
health of your favorite beach? If so, visit the
Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach webpage for forms you
can use to learn more about your beach.
- See additional information
resources on beach management, monitoring, and forecasting for
the Great Lakes region
For further information about the Clean
Beaches Initiative, please
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
(312) 201 - 4517