Massachusetts: There Are Still Over 50 Beaches Closed Due To Water Quality
We’ll have some nice weather and sunny days this week, but unfortunately, there are still some beach areas marked as “unsafe.” Massachusetts has over 50 beaches (53 total as of July 10) closed due to poor water quality and high bacteria counts.
“When the water quality is unsafe, the beach is required to be ‘posted’ with a sign that indicates swimming is unsafe and may cause illness,” the state environmental department posted in their most recent update.
Why Are These Beaches Closed?
The Salem News provided details on what is causing these continued closures throughout the state saying, “Beaches are closed when levels of E. coli exceed limits. Water is considered unsafe for swimming when two exceedances occur on consecutive days.” Much of this is directly connected to heavy downpours and flash floods that hit the east coast over the past week. Residents and guests can still go to the beach, you just can’t swim in the waters.
The North Shore beaches have seen a significant number of closings. Currently, there are six beaches in Beverly alone that are closed. Lynn, Mashpee, and Swampscott are also in the same position. The closures apply to both marine and freshwater beaches.
Unfortunately, in northern parts of New England, such as Vermont, the rain caused major flooding. In Burlington, for example, the National Weather Service reported over eight inches of rain. This has caused roads to close. Boston.com reported that “flash flood warnings and advisories for much of the state from the Massachusetts line north to the Canadian border.” Thankfully, the rain is now moving out.
The next testing for the Massachusetts beaches that are closed will not occur until next week. You can find the full list of current beach closings here.