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Greetings, Polluted water is unfortunately becoming a reality at many of our favorite beaches. Respiratory infections, rashes, and diarrhea are only a few of the complications that can occur when we swim and surf in dirty water. While every coastal state does have a beach monitoring program, a reliance on slow and obsolete water testing methods continues to put the public's health at risk. Insufficient funding also leaves gaps in many state programs. Congress is currently considering ammendments to the BEACH Act which will require EPA and the states to do more to not only monitor our beaches but to take steps towards solving our beach water pollution problems. Join the Surfrider Foundation in urging your congressional representatives to support the Beach Protection Act of 2007. Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this. Beach Protection Act of 2007 Your letter will be addressed and sent to: Your Congressperson Your Senators ----THIS LETTER WILL BE SENT IN YOUR NAME---- Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here], I urge you to co-sponsor the Beach Protection Act (S. 1506 & H.R. 2537). Beach water pollution is threatening the health of beach-goers and the vitality of coastal economies across this nation. Reliance on slow and outdated monitoring methods is forcing beach managers to make important public health decisions with day-old water quality information. This puts public health at risk and often forces pre-emptive beach closures, which may or may not end up being necessary. The Beach Protection Act mandates the adoption of rapid testing methods that provide water quality information within hours of sampling. It forces states to issue beach advisories within 24 hours and sets new standards for public notification. The Beach Protection Act also proposes funding for identifying and cleaning up the sources of beach pollution. Please co-sponsor this important piece of legislation and help our coastal communities manage clean, healthy beaches and protect public health. ----END OF LETTER TO BE SENT---- Sincerely, [Your Name]