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Feds Want More Beach Warnings


WASHINGTON, DC (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Federal officials want tougher standards for warning the public about water contamination on beaches in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Shahla Werner with the Sierra Club in Wisconsin notes that a recent ranking found Wisconsin's beaches the eighth worse in the nation for water quality. The EPA says swimmers can make their own choices but should be informed about risk of illness. But Werner notes states which don't implement the tougher standards run the risk of losing money to test beach water quality.

The recent report from the Environmental Defense fund said 14 percent of Wisconsin’s water samples failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for safe beach swimming waters.