PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and state officials are highlighting efforts to improve water quality at Rhode Island's beaches.
The Rhode Island Democrat will be joined on Wednesday morning by officials with the state departments of health and environmental management to discuss the state's water monitoring program and other efforts to keep beaches clean. The event is being held at the Bristol Town Beach pavilion.
Officials say the state has made progress improving water quality in recent years. In 2008, bacteria levels at Rhode Island beaches exceeded state water quality levels 15 percent of the time. Last year, it was down to 5 percent of the time.
Rhode Island has some 250 beaches along approximately 400 miles of coast along the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay.