There are more than 29 miles of public access beaches stretching along Maine’s coast. Maine Healthy Beaches (MHB) is managed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMaine Extension). This team worked with 28 local management entities to conduct routine monitoring, assessment and public notification of water quality conditions for 60 beach management areas spanning Kittery to Mount Desert Island.
MHB is a voluntary program and monitoring coastal water quality for swimming and other water contact usage is the responsibility of local jurisdictions and is not mandated by state law. US EPA funding supports monitoring of moderate to high use beaches with adequate public access. Maine law allows public use of private beaches for “fishing, fowling and navigation” only.
Kaczor, K. and Sims, M., "Maine Healthy Beaches 2014 Report to US EPA" (2015). Maine Sea Grant Publications. 41.