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http://SiestaKeyBlueWave.com Siesta Key Beach Makes Blue Wave List Review - Clean Beaches Commit to Better Beach Management of US Coastline
The Clean Beaches Coalition released its annual list of beaches which have been officially certified as clean, healthy and environmentally well managed. And our favorite the Siesta Key Beach is on the list.
The Clean Beaches Coalition (CBC) is a network of coastal organizations and individuals committed to promoting clean, healthy and well managed beaches around the world.
They are home to the following initiatives:
Blue Wave Program - America's first environmental certification for beaches.
National Clean Beaches Week - celebrated annually (July 1-7) as the "earth day" for beaches
This year beaches in twenty states and U.S. territories, including American Samoa, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, are on the list.
Every year, American families travel to the coast to enjoy the ocean breezes, playing on sandy beaches, fishing in the open seas, or surfing with our children. Annually, Americans make over 2 billion visits to ocean, gulf, and inland beaches. Coastal counties, including beach recreation and tourism contribute over $5 trillion dollars annually to the U.S. economy. However, the Great Recession continues to drain critical economic funding away from coastal protection, sustainable tourism and resource management.
“While Americans are coming back to the beach this summer, the devastating effect of the Great Recession is still be felt by beach communities and businesses across the country.” stated Walter McLeod, founder of the Clean Beaches Coalition. He pointed to the Blue Wave mark as a symbol of the need to protect our beaches and put a premium on their economic value. Healthy, sustainable seafood plays a huge role in our coastal economy.
Blue Wave is the first environmental certification program for beaches in the U.S. Now in its 12th year, the program is recognized as a reliable benchmark for well-maintained beaches and eco-friendly tourism.