Millions of people become sick every year because of sewage spills and polluted runoff at our country's beaches and waterways. These illnesses include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
The Clean Water Act requires EPA to issue recreational criteria to protect human health in coastal recreational waters, including the Great Lakes. Yet EPA's most recent scientific analysis finds that 1 in 28 people are at risk of illness from swimming in waters deemed by EPA to be safe in its latest proposal.
EPA must reconsider its proposed recreational water quality criteria to ensure families are safe when spending a day at the beach.