Beach Watch ProgramEntry ID: gomc_61
Abstract: The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH)
Program focuses on the following five areas to meet the goals of improving
public health and environmental protection for beach goers and providing the
public with information about the quality of their beach water:
-strengthening beach standards and testing
-providing faster laboratory test methods
-investing in health and methods research
-informing the public.
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency
Additional Information OR Comments: Contact the program for information
specific to Massachusetts beaches.
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Start Date: 2000-01-01
Quality See recommendations on quality control for microbiological analyses in the
USEPA microbiology methods manual, Part IV, C (Reference 18.2).
Access Constraints None noted.
Use Constraints Yes, contact EPA.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Various Online Data Transfer method
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (617) 624-5757
Email: chris.huskey at mass.gov.dph, chris.a.huskey at state.ma.us
250 Washington St 7th floor
Province or State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 02108
-Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Vol. 11.01, American Society for Testing and
Materials, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 18.2
-Bordner, R., J.A. Winter and P.V. Scarpino (eds.), Microbiological Methods for
Monitoring the Environment, Water and Wastes, EPA-600/8-78-017. Office of
Research and Development, USEPA. 18.3
-Cabelli, V.J., A.P. Dufour, M.A. Levin, L.J. McCabe, and ... P.W. Haberman. 1979.
Relationship of Microbial Indicators to Health Effects at Marine Bathing
Beaches. Am. J. Public Health. 69: 690-696. 18.4
-Dufour, A.P., E.R. Strickland, V.J. Cabelli. 1981. Membrane filter method for
enumerating Escherichia coli. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 41:1152-1158. 18.5
-Improved Enumeration Methods for the Recreational Water Quality Indicators:
Enterococci and Escherichia coli. 2000. EPA/821/R-97/004. Office of Science and
Technology, Washington D.C. 18.6
-Reagent Chemicals, American Chemical Society Specifications, American Chemical
Society, Washington, DC.
For suggestions of the testing of reagents not listed
by the American Chemical Society, see Analar Standards for Laboratory
Chemicals, BDH Ltd., Poole, Dorset, UK and the United States Pharmacopeia. 18.7
-Test methods for Escherichia coli and enterococci in water by the membrane
filter procedure. 1985. EPA-600/4-85/076. Environmental Monitoring and Support
Laboratory, Cincinnati, USEPA.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-08-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-28