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Officials: Advisory Against Swimming at 66 Suffolk Beaches

Copiague Harbor Beach still closed.

Recent heavy rainfalls have prompted Suffolk County to issue an advisory against swimming at 66 beaches.  

Find out which beaches are affected. 

The advisory is based on the potential that storm-water runoff could trigger elevated bacteria levels, health officials said.

The beaches included in this advisory are in areas heavily influenced by storm-water runoff from surrounding watersheds, adjacent tributaries, or both. In addition, their locations are in enclosed embayments, and therefore experience limited tidal flushing, according to the county.

The advisory is expected to be lifted at 4 p.m. Thursday unless beach water samples indicate that the bacteria levels are still elevated.

Copiague Harbor Beach, which closed for the first time this season in May, remains closed to bathing because of elevated bacteria levels.

For the latest information on affected beaches, call the bathing beach hotline at 852-5822, or the Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours. Or visit the county website


Paul July 16, 2014 at 03:50 PM
and i need to receive this twice because???
Archie Bunker July 16, 2014 at 04:06 PM
this is not a news alert
Pat Richards July 16, 2014 at 07:30 PM
There go those damn Liberals again. Who cares about clean beaches and a safe environment for my kids. I want freedom from a healthy life for me and my neighbors! [sarcasm off]
Scott Tabone July 16, 2014 at 10:19 PM
What the article doesn't say is that these "elevated bacteria levels" come from water treatment plants that are legally allowed to dump their excess human organic waste and fecal matter into the water when their systems become overrun by excessive rain fall. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't feel like swimming next to John Doe's terd.

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