Blue Flag USA Announces the City of Boca Raton as a New Candidate

The Blue Flag USA program is excited to announce a new beach candidate pursuing the Blue Flag Award: the City of Boca Raton, FL. The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), national operator for the Blue Flag USA program, has been working with beaches around the US to determine their current level of compliance […]

Soliciting Water Quality Presentations

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association is hosting their National Coastal Conference, “Wrangling the Waves of Change: Adapting to Coastal Dynamics” in Galveston, Texas this August 26-29. An important part of coastal dynamics is observing, understanding, and communicating water quality to preserve, protect, and enhance coastal ecosystems and recreation. To showcase this, ASBPA is […]

Support Ongoing Initiatives in your Community with Blue Flag Criteria

Information Board at Delray Beach Municipal Beach

Delray Beach Municipal Beach Central information board displays Blue Flag program information, safety details, activities for the public, and more. photo credit: Blue Flag USA Blue Flag beaches are awarded annually for meeting over 30 criteria in environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services. Blue Flag USA’s managing organization, the […]

An Ocean of Achievements: 2023 Blue Flag USA in Review

ASBPA staff have diligently continued on the path towards implementation of the Blue Flag program during 2023. We have enjoyed working on several tasks this year:    Awarded our Inaugural Sites:  Celebrated our first two flags in the continental US Held Monthly Site Manager meetings Updated National and Internationally Jury members on program status   […]

Blue Flag USA hosts first National Jury Evaluation

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 […]

Reducing Plastics

By Abby Thomson, 2022 Summer Intern This summer, Blue Flag USA hosted a Summer Series which discussed several perspectives on plastics in the coastal environment. Presentations centered on communication about environmental education, natural and microplastic debris in sediment, and then plastics in the coastal zone. Conversations and questions looked at what communities can be doing, […]