PRESS RELEASE: Bacteria Testing Reveals Chronic Issue of Fecal Contamination in Western Sound

Today, Save the Sound released the results of its 2020 bacteria water quality monitoring from 61 sites in Westchester, Queens, and Nassau Counties in New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut. All samples were analyzed in Save the Sound’s lab for fecal bacteria levels associated with sewage and pathogens that can make people sick. Overall failure rates were highest in rivers where 74% of river samples failed, compared with 34% of those collected from bays and harbors, and 12% from shoreline locations.

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Connecticut Needs Stronger Public Notification of Sewage Spills

Ongoing Sewage Overflows Pose Serious Public Health Risk Exposure to raw sewage in our waterways leaves people vulnerable to a host of disease-causing pathogens. The EPA estimates that 1.8 – 3.5 million people get sick from swimming, boating, or fishing in fecal contaminated water each year. While most people quickly recover from these illnesses, they […]

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Mount Vernon’s Neglect Puts Residents at Risk

A report from Tracy Brown, Director, Save the Sound You may recall, I first addressed this issue five years ago, when Save the Sound was made aware of untreated wastewater (including sewage) flowing from the city of Mount Vernon into the Hutchinson and Bronx Rivers that continues downstream into Eastchester Bay and Long Island Sound, […]

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BEACH REPORT: 200+ LIS Beaches Get Their Water Quality Grades

TOP 20 LONG ISLAND SOUND BEACHES BASED ON BEST WATER QUALITY HIGHLIGHTED IN BEACH REPORT FROM SAVE THE SOUND  10 Years of Data Show Water Pollution Patterns Differ by Beach and by Region; Troubling Trends in Wet Weather MAMARONECK, New York/NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — August 2, 2019 – The nonprofit organization Save the Sound released results of its […]

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Sound Swim Alert, Saturday, September 5

Sound Swim Alert: Happy Labor Day weekend! Long Island Sound beaches are open today in Westchester County, Nassau County, and Greenwich.

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Sound Swim Alert: Saturday, August 29

Sound Swim Alert: Beaches are open across the Western Long Island Sound in Greenwich, Westchester, and Nassau County. However, the Nassau County Department of Health is currently reporting that Biltmore Beach Club in Massapequa is closed due to elevated bacteria levels. 

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Sound Swim Alert, Saturday, August 22

Sound Swim Alert: A Beautiful Day for Enjoying the Sound. Long Island Sound beaches are open today in Westchester County, Nassau County, and Greenwich. For those who are new to our Sound Swim Alerts, welcome! We let you know each weekend and holiday morning if your local beaches are open for swimming or closed. Check here […]

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Sound Swim Alert, Saturday August 15

Sound Swim Alert: A Beautiful Day for Enjoying the Sound. Long Island Sound beaches are open today in Westchester County, Nassau County, and Greenwich.

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