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CALIFORNIA: Three days after it rains, beach water can still make swimmers ill

CALIFORNIA: Three days after it rains, beach water can still make swimmers ill

“To err on the side of caution, stay out of the water for five days after rainfall,” said Amanda Griesbach, a water quality scientist at Heal the Bay, an environmental group that provided data and other support for the research by undergraduate students at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The 30-page study analyzed seven years of [...]

NATIONAL: Beach programs fall victim to federal budget cuts again

NATIONAL: Beach programs fall victim to federal budget cuts again

Here we go again: the White House eliminated all funding for the BEACH Act grant program for FY2015. “Can you imagine if we no longer maintained food safety standards in the U.S.? That is what the Obama administration is proposing for our oceans,” says Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director. Funding for this program is critical [...]

NATIONAL: Americans use twice as much water as they think they do

NATIONAL: Americans use twice as much water as they think they do

How many gallons of water do you think you use in a day? Now double that number. A new study reveals the most people underestimate the amount of water they use in a day on activities such as flushing a toilet, taking a shower or watering their garden. It might surprise you to know that [...]

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