The Clean Beaches Council today released its annual list of beaches which have been officially certified as clean, healthy and environmentally well managed. This year’s announcement coincides with National Clean Beaches Week (NCBW) held annually from July 1-7. This “Earth Day” for beaches has four main themes: environment, healthy seafood, sustainable travel, and fitness. Founded in 2004, NCBW has grown in mammoth proportion.
The Blue Wave is the first environmental certification program for beaches in the U.S. Now in its tenth year, the program has been called the “LEEDS” certification for beaches. To become certified, beaches adhere to best management practices in the following areas: water quality, beach and intertidal conditions, hazards/safety, services, habitat conservat 5a8 ion, erosion management, public information and education.
2009 BLUE WAVE BEACHES
Crescent Beach, Redwood National Park
Gold Bluff Beach, Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach, Redwood National Park
7 Tips for Family Beach Safety*
1. Keep kids within arms reach (especially in the sea, but also on land)
2. Don’t dive in (2/3 of catastrophic neck/head/spinal injuries occur in the ocean and sea)
3. Knee deep is too deep (strong winds, waves and currents create dangerous rip currents that can sweep a child out to sea)
4. Know before you go (swim near a lifeguard - know your flags; red means stop/green means go)
5. Take frequent breaks (every hour take a sun, bathroom, or water break)
6. Go with the wind (children tend to take the course of least resistance - follow the wind to fin 5a8 d your lost kid)
7. Look but don’t touch (call local authorities to help injured/stranded sea life)
*The Clean Beaches Council has collaborated with Dr. Tom Griffiths, Director of Aquatics at The Pennsylvania State University to produce the “7 Tips for Family Beach Safety.” This guide is meant to help families make the most of their trip to the beach.
For More Information: www.cleanbeaches.com