Lake Superior Beach Monitoring and Notification Program: An Evaluation

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Lake Superior Beach Monitoring and Notification Program: An Evaluation

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The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring and Notification Program is a collaborative effort supported by state and local health officials and citizens to address health risks to users of recreational waters on Lake Superior's coast. The Beach Program strives to influence attitudes regarding the importance of recreating safely in water, and give people knowledge and skills regarding beach recreation and stewardship. The purpose of this study was to assess to what degree the Beach Program has fulfilled its responsibility to notify the public of the services it provides and to make water recreation information available for the protection of human health. Results show that frequency of beach use and ZIP code were related to the levels of knowledge and awareness that beachgoers had about Lake Superior beach monitoring and notification. Less than half of beachgoers surveyed (45.9%) had heard of beach advisories. Beachgoers were aware of some best practices to keep themselves safe and the water clean, but unaware of others that are important. The results will be used by the Beach Program coordinator and the Beach Team to improve programming.


A Thesis [actually a Plan B] submitted to the faculty of the University of Minnesota in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Education - Environmental Education in the College of Education and Human Service Professions, University of Minnesota Duluth, May 2015. Committee names: Bruce Munson (Chair), Julie Ernst, Jesse Schomberg. This item has been modified from the original to redact the signatures present.

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University of Minnesota, Duluth. College of Education and Human Service Professions. Master of Environmental Education Program.

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Hakala, Cynthia Marie. (2015). Lake Superior Beach Monitoring and Notification Program: An Evaluation. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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