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WHAT IS BEACON?

BEACON is EPA's BEach Advisory and Closing Online Notification system. BEACON is EPA's application to make state beach advisory and closing data available to the public.

EPA created BEACON to meet the Agency's Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act requirements. The BEACH Act (section 406(e)) requires EPA to make a national coastal recreation water pollution occurrence database, which contains state reported beach monitoring and notification data available to the public by electronic means.

In BEACON, each beach is geographically displayed on a map that links the beach to data. Users select a beach and view the available data for that beach by either first by choosing a state and county or typing the beach name.

What kind of information can I find using BEACON?

        For each beach, there is information on:

  • contact information
  • monitoring and notification program information
  • general beach characteristics
  • advisories and closings
  • location data
Where can I view this information??

        Start with the National Map and select a state or type a beach name.

Where can I access the data?

        Data is displayed for each beach at the local beach level. For the most up-to-date information contact the state or local beach         manager.

What is the design structure of BEACON?

        BEACON pulls data from 2 EPA databases, PRAWN and RAD.

  • PRAWN is the