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State to begin health tests of popular beaches

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The BEACH Program posts signs to notify people when there is a higher risk of illness at our most popular saltwater beaches. The program sends timely email notifications and social media posts to inform the public when beach health problems arise.

While the main goal is to monitor water quality and notify the public when bacteria levels are high, BEACH also works with local and state partners to investigate and correct the problems whenever possible.

The program is accepting public comments about the proposed list until May 20. Send your comments to Christopher Clinton at christopher.clinton@ecy.wa.gov or call him at 360-407-6154.

Sign up to receive BEACH’s email alerts at:  http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=BEACH

Here is the list of saltwater beaches proposed for monitoring in 2013:

Clallam County
Cline Spit County Park 
Hollywood Beach 
Salt Creek Recreation Area

Grays Harbor County
Westhaven State Park, Half Moon Bay 
Westhaven State Park
South Jetty Westport – The Groynes

Island County
Freeland County Park 
Windjammer Lagoon 
Windjammer Park

Jefferson County
Fort Worden State Park 
Irondale County Park 
Herb Beck Marina

King County
Alki Beach Park
Carkeek Park
Golden Gardens Park 
Lincoln Park 
Redondo County Park 
Saltwater State Park 
Seahurst Park

Kitsap County
Arness County Park 
Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park 
Evergreen Rotary Park 
Fay Bainbridge Park 
Illahee State Park 
Indianola Dock 
Joel Pritchard Park 
Lions Field 
Point No Point Lighthouse Park 
Pomeroy Park – Manchester Beach 
Scenic Beach State Park 
Seabeck Conference Center Saltwater Lagoon 
Seabeck Conference Center Beach 
Silverdale Waterfront Park

Makah Nation
Dakwas Park Beach 
Front Street Beach, East 
Hobuck Beach 
Sooes Beach 
Third Beach, Neah Bay 
Warmhouse Beach
The Makah Tribe’s Beach Program is funded with a separate BEACH grant from EPA

Mason County
Allyn Waterfront Park 
Potlatch State Park 
Twanoh State Park 
Walker County Park

Pierce County
Browns Point Lighthouse Park 
Chambers Creek Park 
Dash Point County Park 
Kopachuck State Park 
Owens Beach/Point Defiance Park 
Purdy Spit County Park 
Sunnyside Beach Park 
Titlow Park Waterfront Dock / Ruston Way

Skagit County
Bayview Boat Launch 
Bayview State Park

Snohomish County
Edmonds Marina Beach Park 
Edmonds Underwater Park 
Howarth Park 
Jetty Island 
Kayak Point County Park 
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park 
Picnic Point County Park

Thurston County
Burfoot County Park

Whatcom County
Birch Bay State Park 
Larrabee State Park 
Little Squalicum Park 
Port of Bellingham Marine Park

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