R.I. to receive $200K for beach water monitoring from EPA

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement monitoring and notification programs for water quality at coastal and lake beaches, the EPA announced Thursday.

The funds come from the Beach Environmental Assessment and Coast Health Act grants. More than $1 million was set aside for New England states this year of a total $9.2 million nationwide.

The program aids states in monitoring for harmful levels of bacteria in public swimming waters and aids in the state’s efforts to notify residents when levels become too high for safe swimming.

“Clean and healthy beaches are vital to the prosperity of numerous communities in New England and are critical to supporting local economies and ecosystems,” said EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deb Szaro. “EPA’s beach grants give our state partners important resources to monitor water quality and provide information to the public.”

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Massachusetts will receive $239,000 from the grant program this year.

In 2018, Rhode Island received $201,500 from the program. The Ocean State has received $3.8 million in grants from the program since 2001.