US EPA is making almost $10 million in grants available in 2009 to eligible coastal and Great Lakes states, territories and tribes to help them implement programs to monitor water quality at the beach and to notify the public when water quality problems exist.
To improve water quality testing and to help beach managers better inform the public when there are water quality problems, Congress passed the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act (BEACH Act) in 2000. The Act authorizes EPA to award grants to eligible states, territories and tribes to develop and implement beach water quality monitoring and notification programs for coastal and Great Lakes recreational beach waters.
In 2009, EPA expects to award $9.9 million in grants to eligible states, territories and tribes for their beach water protection programs. EPA expects to award grants to all eligible states and territories that apply based on an allocation formula. Based on this allocation formula, the amount of each implementation grant ranges from $150,000 to $528,000.
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