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NRDC Releases 17th Annual Vacation Beach Water Quality Report; "Testing the Waters" Documents Record Number of Beach Closings

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has conducted a survey of beach closings and beachwater monitoring programs each year for 17 years. This year’s “Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches” will reveal which beaches in California and across the country have pollution problems, and which tested clean.
 
At the event, NRDC will announce “Beach Bums” and “Beach Buddies” -- the best and the worst among the popular vacation beaches and their record on monitoring water pollution and notifying the public.
 
WHAT:
Press conference at the beach to announce the release of NRDC’s annual report “Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches”

WHEN:
10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 7, 2007
 
WHO:
David Beckman, director, NRDC’s California Coastal Water Quality Program; Michelle Mehta, attorney, NRDC’s California Coastal Water Quality Program; Craig Perkins, director, Environmental and Public Works Management, City of Santa Monica
 
WHERE:
Will Rogers State Beach, Lifeguard Station 5.
From PCH, turn into Will Rogers at Temescal Canyon. Then turn right into the parking lot, and proceed about ¼ mile until you reach Lifeguard Station 5. Press parking passes will be available at the parking lot booth.
 
VISUALS:
SURFERS and OCEAN SWIMMERS in water sport attire; Beta b-roll of 1) local stormwater pollution, including Malibu outfall pipe; 2) stormwater solutions, e.g. a green roof and the Santa Monica Public Library water collection system; 3) interviews with professional surfers and musician/activist Jack Johnson.

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