beach survey Articles

  • Case study - Beach erosion solution

    WKC provided a major, international hotel chain with a solution for their beach erosion problems at one of their flagship hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE. One of WKC’s valued clients operates a prime, waterfront hotel that sits beside an artificially dredged coastline, with guests enjoying a carefully sculpted beach. Over time, it had become evident that the beach was being ...


    By WKC Group

  • Beach communications: a need for evaluation of current approaches

    Aims: Programs to notify the public about water quality at beaches are developed at the state and local levels. We sought to characterize the messages and message delivery options in use, and information about the effectiveness of these beach notification programs. Methods: A telephone survey of 37 US state, tribal and territorial and 18 county, city or local beach programs was ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Opinion: Blue Flags - Are the UK`s Beaches Flagging?

    The economic downturn is having a marked effect on the way the average UK citizen spends his or her vacation time. The numbers of overseas holidays increased steadily from about 7 million in the mid-1970s to a peak of 46 million in 2006. Numbers began to fall in 2008 and the latest national statistics show a drop of about 10 million trips by 2010.' A recent survey2 suggests that three-quarters of ...


  • Amplification of Indicator Bacteria in Organic Debris on Southern California Beaches

    INTRODUCTION Certain recreational beaches in southern California frequently exceed state water quality standards for indicator bacteria (total coliform, fecal coliform, and enterococcus). In San Diego County, two sites have been particularly problematic: Mission Bay, a large coastal embayment; and Dog Beach at the mouth of the San Diego River. Recent studies designed to investigate sources of ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • River Survey Bude Cornwall UK case study

    STS were invited by the UK Environment Agency to conduct a survey of a small river running onto one of the bathing beaches at Bude Cornwall. The area is renowned for its clean beaches and is very popular with both families and surfers alike. There were therefore two driving factors behind ensuring that the water discharging to the beach was clean. Firstly that it met the required ...


    By Safe Training Systems Ltd

  • Waterborne transmission of Giardia and Cryptosporidium at river beaches in Southern Europe (Portugal)

    Giardia and Cryptosporidium are the most frequent enteric protozoa causing gastroenteritis in humans worldwide. Intense recreational activity at Portuguese river beaches triggered the opportunity for a 2-year seasonal survey of 19 large river basin beaches. A total of 74 samples were collected and processed according to USEPA Method 1623 to detect ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Morphological, bathymetric and sedimentological surveys used to assess the coastline defensive measures

    This paper outlines the results of a study recently carried out on the western coast of the Sestri Levante peninsula (Eastern Liguria - Italy), aiming to assess the effects of newly accomplished defensive measures against coastal erosion: the accretion of the beach with natural sand and its protection with artificial structures orthogonal and ...

  • Assessing Risk Information Concerning Coastal Runoff

    Executive Summary In coastal urban watersheds, runoff from the landscape eventually reaches the ocean. If beaches along the ocean are used for recreation, three vital and interrelated questions arise. First, whether and to what extent does urban runoff degrade the quality of ocean water that is used for recreation? Second, to what extent docs this runoff-related ocean pollution pose a ...

  • A conceptual framework for US EPA’s national exposure research laboratory

    The challenges of environmental protection range from understanding the potential risk associated with exposure of humans and ecosystems to a newly manufactured chemical, to minimizing human exposure to pathogens at public beaches, to linking human activities on the landscape to physical alterations of ecosystems. In the United States, there are more than 75,000 industrial chemicals that are ...

  • Quality of bathing water — 2009 bathing season

    EU bathing water legislation Almost two out of three Europeans consider that the quality of water in their country is a serious problem, according to a European Commission survey in 2009 (1). To allow Europeans to make an informed choice about which beach to visit, the European Union (EU) publishes an annual report on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing areas, as reported ...

  • Straight From the Source : Operator Strategies to Maintain Screen Performance

    In early December, BioCycle editors e-mailed selected composting facility operators, asking them a series of questions about their screening operation. The minisurvey focused on strategies to maintain performance of screens used for preprocessing incoming feedstocks and/or for screening finished compost. Six operators responded: Adam Sherman, Intervale Compost Project in Burlington, Vermont; ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Evaluation of Changes in Water Quality and Urban Runoff in the Buck Gully Watershed, California, through the use of Weatherbased Irrigation Control

    ABSTRACT The Buck Gully watershed is located in the Newport Coast area of California. Buck Gully is located in a coastal canyon which drains into an area designated as a State Water Quality Protection Area (formerly Area of Special Biological Significance). The adjacent coastal land is designated as a Critical Coastal Area. The upper portion of the watershed is in the Newport Coast area, and ...

  • New Maps from Old Photos: Measuring Coastal Erosion

    U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their coauthors from the California Coastal Records Project have found a way to use historical aerial photographs not just to see evidence of coastal erosion, but to accurately measure how much has occurred over time. Applying a low-cost technique called “structure-from-motion” to five sets of oblique aerial photos spanning the years ...

  • SMF4 case study 3

    Bathing Water Catchment monitoring Date:2010 Location: Bude Cornwall UK Purpose: To carry out a river survey identifying potential pollution sources and their likely impact on bathing waters downstream. Background STS and the Environment Agency have, for some time, been discussing the issue of monitoring water courses which ...


    By Safe Training Systems Ltd

  • Volunteer vacation destinations

    The benefits of taking a holiday are well-known: They can reduce stress, rekindle relationships and rejuvenate body and mind. But the break from your 9 to 5 routine can also benefit the world around you. Around the globe there are opportunities to give back to the environment and local communities, through taking a volunteer vacation. Great expectations The key to a successful ...


    By green24

  • Pea Soup: A Second Helping

    In my February blog, I introduced you to a pretty serious situation which is taking place in many parts of the country and all over the world: algal blooms, cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.  Well, it looks like last year's problems are once again repeating themselves.  First a quick refresher... Cyanotoxins are a group of toxic compounds produced by cyanobacteria.  They can be ...


    By Kinetico Incorporated

  • Why Pacific islands should take on ocean monitoring

    Pacific islands must build capacity for their own environmental monitoring to tackle both local and global problems, says Ben Ponia. Small island developing states are viewed as the early-warning canary for global environmental change. But though they share global problems, many have an eye for economic growth and have become industrialised nations facing their own suite of home-grown ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dredging Short Courses

    By Eric Lillberg, SRS Crisafulli Senior Applications Engineer When I first started as an applications engineer for SRS Crisafulli, I searched for information on the subject of dredging. I was surprised to find there was very little non-commercial content available. I have since found a pair of short courses, offered annually by Texas ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon

    When New York City opened registration for its much anticipated public bike-sharing program on April 15, 2013, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Eager for access to a fleet of thousands of bicycles, they became Citi Bike members weeks before bikes were expected to be available. Such pent-up demand for more cycling options is on display in cities across the United States—from ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Senate proposes funding increases for EPA, interior in Fiscal 2014 appropriations bill

    Senate Democrats Aug. 1 released a $30.2 billion draft appropriations bill that would increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by approximately $105 million, or 1.25 percent, compared to the pre-sequester fiscal year 2013 enacted level. Overall, the draft bill includes a total of $8.48 billion in funding for EPA. The ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

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