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Asharoken and Steers Beaches Reopened

County declares swimming safe after clean water samples returned.

The Suffolk County Department of Health reopened and this weekend after water samples tested clean. The beaches were shut down on July 18 after unsafe levels of Enterococci bacteria, normally found in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, were found in unsafe levels at both beaches. 

Water samples were taken every day of the closure, said Suffolk Department of Health Spokesperson Grace Kelly-McGovern, and the water will continue to be tested throughout the summer.

All other beach bathing advisories, commonly issued after a large storm causes a deluge of runoff into waterways, have been lifted in the Town of Huntington. There are no closures, although may bring large amounts of runoff.

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 the website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health.

douglas stretton July 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
After the storm tonight, the beaches will be closed again. I hope there is a solution in sight. We need to have a more concerned effert in this area. We need to speak about the community and Long Island as a whole in Albany.
NPTGirl July 27, 2012 at 01:20 PM
How often do they test the water? I love asharoken beach but I will not go back anymore. Last year I would find out that steers beach was closed from Facebook while my kids were in swimming lessons at asharoken. Don't really understand that logic. Something more has to be done.

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