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Funding Urged For Ocean Water Testing

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Asbury Park. August 23, 2012

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Senator Lautenberg and coastal protection advocates at Asbury Park news conference (photo by Phil Gregory)

Two of New Jersey’s federal lawmakers are urging Congress to approve funding for water quality programs along the shore.  

The President’s budget proposal does not include any money for a 12-year-old program that gives grants to states to test water quality. Senator Frank Lautenberg wants $10 million to be authorized so beachgoers can know if the ocean water is safe.

 “A day at the beach should never turn in to a visit to the doctor afterward. We’ve got to do what we can to protect every mile of our beautiful coastline, to protect it from waste and pollution.”   

Congressman Frank Pallone joined Lautenberg on the Asbury Park boardwalk to push for faster testing. He says there’s new technology that makes it possible to get results in six hours instead of the current 24 hour wait to determine if beaches should be closed to swimmers. 

Pallone is also pushing for additional legislation to expand water protection measures.

”So that we could have grants that would go to towns to actually find sources and clean up sources of pollution. Right now it’s just the testing, but we would like to have some money available to actually correct the pollution problems.”

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