Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication, and Health Program
Marine Swimming Beach Monitoring
The Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication, and Health (BEACH) Program monitors saltwater/ marine beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Check Your Beach
Find Swimming Beach Closures/ Advisories with a map-based application. Learn about bacteria levels at tested beaches throughout the swimming season. Access BEACH data.
2016 Annual Report -See how the last-reported year's swimming season stacked up, including county-by-county details for all sampled beaches.
Swimming Standards and Marine Water Quality -Learn about how EPA Swimming Standards apply to Washington beaches.
Information for BEACH Samplers offers detailed protocols and other resources for BEACH partners and others who may be interested in how the program works.
Swimming Tips -Know before you go. Make your swim a healthy one.
Help Your Beach -Learn what you can do to keep Washington marine beaches safe for swimming. Be a good beach steward.
A Guide to Healthy Swimming at Saltwater Beaches: Washington State's BEACH Program is a downloadable brochure.
2017 BEACH List divides beaches that are likely to be sampled by county. See if your beach is covered.
Contact BEACH -Reach BEACH staff, sign up for the ListServe, follow us on social-media platforms.
The Washington BEACH Program is led jointly by the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Health in partnership with county and local agencies, tribal nations, and volunteers.
Report a Beach Problem
Report a Problem such as sewage or oil spills or other environmental issues.
Recreational Shellfish Closures is a map-based application at the Washington State Department of Health that tracks shellfish-harvest safety.
Public Beaches, a part of Ecology's Coastal Atlas, gives many details about Washington State beaches that allow public access.
Puget Sound Partnership -PSP Vital Signs uses safe swimming beaches as a success indicator for Puget Sound cleanup.
The BEACH Program monitors selected saltwater beaches. Learn about lake-swimming safety at the links below.
Northwest Toxic Algae addresses toxic cyanobacterial blooms in Washington state lakes. Check to be certain that your lake is safe for swimming.
Local Health Jurisdictions monitor some freshwater swimming lakes. The Department of Health maintains a map-based application to find your local health department.
Report a Problem such as sewage or oil spills or other environmental issues at your beach.
2017 DRAFT Beach List shows which beaches are likely to be sampled this season.
2016 Annual Report
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