Article Type

Full Research Article – Special Issue






Coastal water quality is often identified by diverse stakeholders as a major management challenge but can be difficult to define. South Carolina Beach Advocates (SCBA), a nonprofit organization formed in 2015 to educate the public, governmental authorities, and elected officials as to the environmental, economic, and societal impact of South Carolina's beaches and inlets, recognized this challenge and organized a virtual workshop in June 2022 to explore our beachfront communities' water quality management challenges, and discuss various perspectives on beach water quality. Thirty-eight participants from government agencies, local government, industry, academia, and civic society discussed this important topic and identified challenges and concerns, general requirements, needed new capabilities, and recommendations for next steps. Following the workshop, a Beach Water Quality Subcommittee was formed under the auspices of the SCBA to continue this important conversation.





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