Statement by the President: Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act (10/10/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                          October 10,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today, I am pleased to sign the Beaches Environmental Assessment and
Coastal Health Act, which significantly strengthens efforts to make
America?s beaches clean, safe and healthy.

     America?s coasts are not only a natural treasure ? they are also the
number one destination for vacationing families, making their health vital
to our nation?s tourism industry.  Yet each year, pollution forces
thousands of beach closures or health advisories.  The Beach Act will
ensure that in the future fewer families arrive at the beach only to
discover that it is too polluted for fishing or swimming.  It requires
states to adopt enforceable standards for water quality, regularly test
coastal waters for health-threatening pollution, and notify the public of
unsafe conditions.  In addition, it provides assistance to states to carry
out these efforts.

     This Act builds on my Administration?s strong efforts to ensure
healthier beaches and cleaner coastal waters, greater protection for
endangered and threatened marine species, sound fisheries management, and
support for marine protected areas.   I urge Congress to fully fund ocean
and coastal conservation programs for the coming fiscal year so that
communities around the country may enjoy healthy beaches and clean waters
for years to come.


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