Blue Flag USA hosted its first National Jury Evaluation to review two applications in February. The National Jury approved both applications to be forwarded to the International Jury for final evaluation and award in 2023. Staff is currently working with applicants to meet international deadlines. We are excited to announce this milestone in the program’s history and look forward to hearing the International Jury’s decision. The International Jury will meet to award Northern Hemisphere sites in April. 

ABOUT BLUE FLAG USA: The Blue Flag eco-award is one of five environmental education programs offered by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The award is offered to beaches, marinas, and tourism boats meeting over 30 criteria for water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and services, sustainable tourism, and social responsibility. ASBPA launched the Blue Flag USA program at the 2021 National Coastal Conference in New Orleans. 

ABOUT ASBPA: Founded in 1926, the ASBPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that advocates for healthy coastlines by promoting the integration of science, policies and actions that maintain, protect and enhance the coasts of America. For more information on ASBPA, go to, Facebook or This information is provided by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. For information, contact us at