Keep the Beach Healthy

Minimize Beach Contamination

Swimmers can do a lot to help minimize beach contamination:

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea
  • Shower before swimming
  • Change diapers frequently and away from the water
  • Dispose of trash, animal waste, and boat waste properly
  • Maintain septic systems
  • Do not encourage water fowl by feeding ducks, geese, seagulls, or other birds

Sources of Beach Contamination

Sources of contamination include sewage overflows, leaky septic tanks, stormwater runoff, boating waste, and animal or human waste.