Sanitary and Environmental Surveys Protect Human Health and Water Quality at Great Lakes Beaches


This white paper presents the results of a collaboration between the International Joint Commission’s Health Professionals Advisory Board and the Great Lakes Beach Association to assess the binational extent, experience and effects of Great Lakes Beach Sanitary Surveys in the United States and equivalent Environmental Health and Safety Surveys in Canada. These surveys are meant to be conducted at beaches each year to understand environmental and human health risks affecting recreational waters. The HPAB viewed the prevalence of the use of beach surveys as one measure of how “swimmable” Great Lakes beaches are.