SURFRIDER FOUNDATION OPPOSES ELIMINATION OF FEDERAL BEACH GRANT PROGRAM
EPA Budget Cuts Put Swimmers And Surfers At Risk
San Clemente, CA (February 16, 2012) The Surfrider Foundation was alarmed this week when the Obama Administration released their FY2013 EPA budget.
Among the notable cuts was the elimination of $9.9 million federal Beach
The Beach Grant Program funds coastal water quality monitoring efforts in
states across the country. With the loss of the funding, it is likely that
many states will or eliminate or significantly curtail their coastal water
quality monitoring programs.
Additionally, since the only stick the EPA has to enforce the current health
standards is to withhold state beach grant monies, standards set by the
BEACH Act may be ignored or otherwise compromised.
The Surfrider Foundation has been working for decades to warn surfers and
swimmers about the health risks of swimming in polluted water, says
Surfrider Foundation Environmental Director Chad Nelsen. Eliminating the
Beach Grant Program puts every beachgoer’s health at risk because they won¹t
know when or where it’s safe to surf or swim.
In response the Surfrider Foundation has initiated an online petition asking
President Obama to restore the funding back to the budget:
These cuts represent the single largest attack on marine water quality
standards in a decade, says Nelsen.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated
to the protection and enjoyment of our world¹s oceans, waves and beaches
through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of
visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now
maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For
more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org.