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For the sixth consecutive year, in 2010, the nation’s coastal and Great Lakes beaches were open 95 percent of the time during the beach swimming season. EPA announced the 2010 swimming season statistics in its annual beach report. The report summarizes state, territorial and tribal data on beach closures and health advisories from the previous year’s swimming season. As authorized by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act of 2000, every year EPA provides grants to coastal and Great Lakes states, territories, and eligible tribes to help local authorities monitor their coastal and Great Lakes beaches and notify the public of beach conditions that may be unsafe for swimming.  The states use their EPA grant funds to gather and share beach water quality information with beachgoers to help them make more informed decisions about swimming at the beach.  Since enactment of the legislation, EPA has made available more than $100 million in BEACH Act grants to help protect beachgoers.