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Beach Health: Safe to Swim?
Released: 6/17/2009 11:47:17 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Jennifer LaVista 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4432

William Lukas 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-6168

When a local beach closes for health reasons, people start wondering, “Is it safe to swim?” U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science can help local beach managers understand the sources of contamination and the kinds of contaminants that may affect human health. In the Great Lakes region, the USGS has already developed state-of-the-art methods and predictive models to rapidly evaluate whether unsafe conditions are present.

What: The public and media are invited to attend a congressional briefing to learn how the USGS and its partners are working to provide the science needed to ensure that our beaches are healthy places for people to enjoy.


Dr. Shannon Briggs, Sr. Toxicologist/State Beach Coordinator, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality

Heather Morehead, Beaches Coordinator, Maryland Department of the Environment

Dr. Richard Whitman, Station Chief/Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Deanna Archuletta, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science, Dept. of the Interior


Friday, June 19
10:00 a.m


1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

Congressional Sponsors:

Great Lakes Task Force
Representative Jim Moran (VA)

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