Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication & Health (BEACH)

The BEACH Program monitors the safety of saltwater swimming beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The program is led jointly by the Washington State Departments of Health and Ecology and consists of county and local agencies, tribal nations, and volunteers. A summary of 2021 results by county is available.

Local health departments issue water contact advisories or closures at swimming beaches. The BEACH Program communicates the risk to the public and educates beachgoers on how to avoid getting sick from playing in the water. 


For a larger view, see closures and advisories

Gray dots show that the beach is not currently monitored. Yellow triangles show that caution is advised. Green dots show that a beach is open and sampled weekly. You can also download BEACH data.

Find freshwater swimming information on the Lake water quality monitoring page.

Learn more about how and why beaches may be closed and how to help your local saltwater beach stay healthy and swimmable.

Local health departments and others monitor freshwater swimming safety, especially in lakes.