GLRI Funding Improves Water Quality at Great Lakes Beaches

CHICAGO (July 2, 2013) Great Lakes beaches were open 94 percent of the time last summer, according to EPA's 2012 BEACH report. EPA's Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Report is available at: http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/beaches/2012_season.cfm.

"The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is improving water quality so that people can enjoy more days at the beach," said Susan Hedman, EPA's Regional Administrator / Great Lakes National Program Manager. "Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funded projects make beaches safer by eliminating sources of harmful contamination and by monitoring water quality to protect beachgoers."

The major sources of contamination that affect Great Lakes beaches are sewer system overflows, stormwater runoff and waste from boats, septic systems and wildlife.