State Summary: Alaska
Ranked 29th in Beach Water Quality (out of 30 states)
24% of samples exceeded the national Beach Action Value for designated beach areas in 2013.
Summer 2014 is filled with opportunities to improve water quality throughout the United States and to better protect people's health in the process. Everyone can now support a long-awaited rule to enhance protections for small streams and wetlands—these waters can minimize polluted runoff that contributes to poor beach water quality, and can filter out contaminants that promote algae blooms.
State and federal officials have ample legal tools today to rein in stormwater pollution at the city and regional scale. And beach managers can use a new and important tool, the health-protective Beach Action Value developed by the EPA, to make swimming advisory decisions that more fully safeguard public health.
Testing the Waters
NRDC's staff blog
- Clean Water Delayed is Clean Water Denied: After a Decades-Long Dodge, EPA Must Update Polluted Runoff Rules
- posted by Larry Levine, 12/19/14
- A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… No, make that Washington, DC, in the year 1987. ...
- Swim Safe: Check Out Your Favorite Beach's Water Quality and Act to Help Keep It Clean
- posted by Jon Devine, 6/25/14
- I never feel more like a kid than when I’m at the beach. Perhaps that’s because I ...
- Great Lakes Beaches -- Working Together, We Can Make Them Safer and Cleaner
- posted by Karen Hobbs, 6/25/14
- Beach days are summer rites of passage, especially here in the Great Lakes. Pack up a picnic, ...