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Fact Sheet 2012–3113

Understanding Beach Health Throughout the Great Lakes—Continuing Research

U.S. Geological Survey

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The overall mission of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Beach Health Initiative is to provide science-based information and methods that will allow beach managers to more accurately make beach closure and advisory decisions, understand the sources and physical processes affecting beach contaminants, and understand how science-based information can be used to mitigate and restore beaches and protect the public.

The USGS, in collaboration with many Federal, State, and local agencies and universities, has conducted research on beach-health issues in the Great Lakes Region for more than a decade. The work consists of four science elements that align with the initiative’s mission: real-time assessments of water quality; coastal processes; pathogens and source tracking; and data analysis, interpretation, and communication. The ongoing or completed research for each of these elements is described in this fact sheet.

First posted October 1, 2012

For additional information contact:
Director, Ohio Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
6480 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229-1111

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Suggested citation:

U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Understanding beach health throughout the Great Lakes—continuing research: U.S. Geological Fact Sheet 2012–3113, 4 p. (Also available at


The "Beach Health" Issue and Why It Is Important
Real-Time Assessment of Water Quality
Coastal Processes Research
Pathogens and Source Tracking
Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Communication


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