MCS Good Beach Guide 2013

The Marine Conservation Society has published its 2013 Good Beach Guide. The results are based on samples taken during the 2012 bathing season which was a difficult year for bathing water quality due to the excessive rainfall experienced throughout the bathing season. The sewage system has limited capacity so too much rain can result in the excess being discharged untreated into streams, rivers and coastal waters. The Marine Conservation Society has its own criteria for recommending beaches. In the North West only Meols, Moreton and Red Rocks at Hoylake – all three on the Wirral peninsula – meet the MCS standard. However many more across the region met the current mandatory standard for bathing water and one, at Walney Island, met the guideline standard. Information on all the beaches can be found by following this link to the MCS Good Beach Guide. 

Further information about bathing water results and monitoring can be found on the Environment Agency website and the Defra website, including the changes which are already being put into force to comply with the revised Bathing Water Directive.

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