Starting in 2017, we can expect to see a lot more "beach health advisories" being issued, but it's not because the waters have suddenly become unhealthy. No, our old fiends over at EPA are at it again:
The Environmental Protection Agency’s nationwide standard for fecal bacteria levels in ocean water that triggers advisories to avoid water contact will be changed. The number, known as the beach action value or BAV, is being reduced by more than half.
The current BAV is 156. Beginning in 2017 that drops to a nationwide EPA-mandated 70.
Of course, here in Oregon, it's well-known that thousands of visitors flock to our ocean beaches to swim and to drink our excellent Pacific Ocean seawater, and they do it year-round. So it's a good thing that EPA, back there in pristine Washington D.C., is looking out for us all.
They really need a thorough housecleaning.