Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute



Blue Crush-
Science meets policy at urban beaches

Alexandria Boehm, Ph.D.
Stanford University

September 13, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

Microbial pollution at recreation beaches correlates to increased risk of illness in swimmers. Policies are in place to reduce excess illnesses from swimming in polluted waters; however, emerging science reveals that the policies are not effective. I will discuss the top challenges beach managers face in reducing concentrations of microbial pollutants and human exposure to pollutants in coastal waters. These include temporal variability in pollutant concentrations and inability to determine pollutant source. Field data from urban beaches in California beaches will be used to illustrate possible solutions to the challenges.

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