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Saltwater testing begins at local beaches

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Saltwater testing begins at local beaches

KGMI News Reporting
Karen Taylor

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The saltwater off of the most popular beaches in Whatcom County will start getting tested for bacteria this week and every week for the rest of the summer.

Department of Ecology’s Sandy Howard says the Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication and Health or “B.E.A.C.H.” program warns people about dangerous bacteria levels in seawater at popular beaches across the state.

Howard says if they find anything of concern, they put up signs and use social media like Twitter and Facebook to warn beachgoers of the possible health risks.

This year, they will test the saltwater off of beaches in Birch Bay County Park, Larrabee State Park, Little Squalicum Park, and the Port of Bellingham Marine Park.

You can sign up for email updates on these saltwater beaches at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/.