Suffolk County Issues Advisory against Bathing at 62 Suffolk County Beaches Due to Heavy Rainfall

Due to the heavy rainfall on Friday, July 29, 2016, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has issued an advisory against bathing at 62 beaches.

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The advisory is based on the potential that the presence of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards will impact these areas.

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Suffolk County, NY - July 29, 2016 - Due to the heavy rainfall on Friday, July 29, 2016, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has issued an advisory against bathing at 62 beaches. The advisory is based on the potential that the presence of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards will impact these areas.

The beaches covered by the advisory are located in areas that are heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and/or adjacent tributaries, and because of their location in an enclosed embayment, experience limited tidal flushing.
 
The department recommends that bathing and other water contact be suspended in affected areas until the waters have been flushed by two successive tidal cycles (at least a 24 hour period) after the cessation of rainfall.  This advisory will be lifted Saturday, June 30, 2016, at 5 p.m., unless sampling conducted by the department finds elevated bacterial numbers persisting beyond the 24-hour period.
 
Benjamin Beach in Bay Shore and Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in Islip will remain closed until further notice.
 
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822, contact the Department's Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours, or visit Suffolk County Department of Health Services beach monitoring webpage.
 
For Beaches Included in the Bathing Advisory, clck here