"Atlantic Ocean Stations (11/9/12 update)
On November 6, 2012, the United States Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the NJDEP collected ocean water samples for enterococcus (an indicator of human pathogens) from near shore waters from Sandy Hook to Seaside Heights. These samples were collected to delineate any plume of pollutants from the NY/NJ Harbor and measure its effect, if any, on NJ’s coastal waters. Sample results indicate no measurable effect from the NY/NJ Harbor discharge on NJ’s coastal waters. Results for enterococcus were extremely low. The maximum result was 60 cfu/100ml; the minimum result was <10 cfu/100ml; the geo-mean was 6 cfu/100ml. For reference, the recreational bathing standard is 104 cfu/100ml.
No additional monitoring of the Atlantic Ocean is anticipated at this time."
Good news!!! Thanks, sharkhunter!
"Affected waterways are located in northern New Jersey and include the Hudson River, Passaic River, Hackensack River, Newark Bay, Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill, Raritan Bay, Raritan River, Sandy Hook Bay and northern Barnegat Bay."
Doesn't really mention much about the ocean but I would guess if the intercoastal has been badly affected, then the beaches nearest inlets would be the worst off.
^ this article basically shows exactly what is going on near Long Beach. According to it, it seems only partially treated water is being let out and will continue to act that way until around November 30th. It shows the location of the plant and how exactly the water is exiting the plant.
If you google maps Bay Park NY it brings you right to where the sewage treatment plant is. It seems that the water being let out from that plant and into Reynold's channel though would completely miss the portion of beaches where the surf breaks are - the channel flows out of the Rockaway Inlet and towards New Jersey.
Since the longshore current is almost exclusively from east to west in these areas, one would assume that the untreated water would never flow "backwards", keeping the portion of beach where we surf relatively safe. Of course I'm no scientist and could be completely wrong, but this would be my best guess.
I went out on Wednesday, November 7th to surf Athena at Rockaway beach 90. Wave height was 15'. I was the only one out there. The BBC caught me on tape here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucUP-6Mi8fU
Call me a moron, but the water smelled like sewage, and I went in anyway. I knew what I was in for. Literally surfing in toxic waste. The wind was perfect though, and I was getting barreled. I was out there for a few hours. On Friday I began to get a fever, chills, and was running to the toilette all weekend.
Felt pretty weird for two days, but all better now. My eyes are still bothering me a little. I'd say it was worth it. Lets see what else develops in the years to come though... right?
^long time lurker but this has made me break out of my shell…thanks for taking one for the team. hope you heal up.
fantastic post. thank you very much
Originally Posted by shark-hunter
to be fair, I actually managed to swallow a good deal of water that day, also inhaling small amounts while coming up for air in the foam. Falls were dropping on my head a lot. Quite the paddle out. Perhaps if I hadn't drank so much I would have been fine. Pretty much inevitable though.
Anyway, something to keep in mind in the years to come I suppose: practice keeping your mouth shut when at Rockaway Beach post hurricane. If you don't get sick, you'll get cancer later.
Either that or don't go out.
^^^thanks for posting that up hal
yeah, that sewage plants path pretty much dumps out right into the atlantic beaches on the rockaway barrier island - it's probably one of the dirtiest places to surf at the moment.