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    Summer Water Quality: Know Before You Go

    7/23/2013 11:28:44 AM

    Time to break out the swim suit, dust off the fishing pole or get the boat on the water? Before you head out the door, prepare for your time in and on the water. Coastal and inland water quality can be impacted by weather and seasonal conditions, but we often overlook simple advisories issued to keep us safe and our waterways clean. Know before you go to ensure continued access and enjoyment.

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    Viewer Tip: Keep these tips in mind to maximize your enjoyment of summer's warm waters:

    - Pay attention to water quality and beach closure information before you swim or fish in a particular area. Poor water quality and algal blooms can make humans and pets sick through direct exposure and ingestion of water, fish, and shellfish. (View the Algae Awareness graphic below for more information.)

    - Invasive plant species are often transmitted between bodies of water by boat, and can devastate local ecosystems. Pay attention to advisories that suggest checking and removing from your vessel any non-native and potentially harmful plant species.

    - If you are going to be spending a substantial amount of time on your boat this summer, be aware of safe locations to dispense of sewage. "No discharge areas" are often clearly marked. If you are sailing or boating for long periods of time, do your homework and understand where it is best to appropriately discharge your waste.

    For more information, please refer to the EPA's Safe Boating, Fishing, and Swimming website.

    This information is provided by Mount Washington Observatory. Learn more at www.mountwashington.org.

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