After seeing a local report about high levels of bacterial at Long Beach, NY... I decided to once again see if any centralized resource exists for water quality conditions in our area. Once again, I find myself frustrated and upset that this information isn't easily found or given.
I've left a message with Nassau County Health Department's lab tech... who does the surface water/beach sampling tests. Hopefully he get's back in touch with me and I can find out more about getting the results.
I know I've gotten sick in the past decade due to water conditions. I'll admit, it's really tough to wait 72 hrs after a rain, before getting back in the ocean. Especially if it's firing.
With some of the anger I've seen on this forum, can't we get some of it directed at local politicians that are working for us?
I'd love to see SwellInfo add a water quality/bacterial monitor icon/gauge to the local break. I realize this would require a direct line of communication with the local municipal lab... but in this day and age, getting that email wouldn't be that tough, yes?
those are all bay and lake beaches closed due to storm water runoff as a precaution before any testing was done. that happens to those beaches all the time. the ppm of bacteria would be highly reduced once that water is mixed with open sea water. the ocean beaches are tested regularly in the summer and that info is posted on the DEC website i think.
I'll save the taxpayers even more money. Let's not give the 500 million to Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to repair after Sandy. I propose we dump the untreated sewage over in ShipBottom. Ooooo... bada bing, bada boom... there you go. fuggedaboutit.
I would if I lived in walking distance to the beaches. As a taxpayer, I'm paying for some petri dishes, a petri incubator, a microscope, some slides and a bacteria reference guide. Hmmm... so are you, yes?
The DEC website has yearly summary data, not the weekly local test results unfortunately. The positive side to this, is we get overall good marks on the water quality.... once you average it all in...
this is a New York based citizens group working on the issue of raw sewage overflows and also estuary issues.
they have over 100,000 members signing petitions and writing letters.
these cats are serious. they fight these kind of fights and win for citizens of NY state. if you have specific questions or are looking for information contact them. they get you what you are looking for.