Push to improve beach water quality

August 25, 2008 3:18:18 PM PDT
Some Illinois lawmakers are calling for tougher standards when it comes to monitoring the water quality at beaches. Representatives Mark Kirk and Judy Biggert are pushing the passage of the Beach Protection Act following a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. It found that beach safety advisory days were up 30 percent last year from 2006 because of unhealthy water conditions.

The beach act supports stricter pollution and water quality tracking.

The legislation was passed in the U.S. House in April, but it's now stalled in the Senate.