Whenever you visit an Indiana beach, it is common to look for the big green “Water Quality Today: Good” sign before entering the water. The BEACH Act of 2000 has provided funding to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for testing the water quality of local beaches, posting signage at the site indicating the status of the beach, and maintaining the BeachGuard online advisory website for the latest in beach advisories and closures. In 2012, there were 318 beach closures in Indiana due to unhealthy levels of E. coli bacteria. This valuable information helps keep individuals and families healthy and informed so that they may enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan when it is most appropriate.
This year’s funding was at great risk for being eliminated. Now, we are facing the same risk of elimination for all monitoring and notification for 2014.
Your help is needed: Save the Dunes urges you to contact your legislators and ask them to support funding for the 2014 Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act Grant Program.
Only with your help can we truly continue to preserve, protect, and restore the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan.
Visit this page to find the contact details for your legislator.