Swimmers at Georgia's beaches are unlikely to notice any changes with proposed federal water quality standards. State officials would continue monitoring beaches like Tybee, St. Simons and Jekyll Islands for gastrointestinal illness. But triggers for closing beaches or issuing swim warnings would stay the same.
Environment Georgia reported that beach closings and advisories due to pollution went up the last year in Georgia, totaling 209 days of closed or under advisory beaches. The numbers are according to the Natural Resource Defense Council's 20th annual beach water quality report.