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Bacteria causes 200 beaches to close in Mass.

Posted by Caitlin Rung  July 19, 2010 10:04 AM

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Those looking to beat the summer heat in Marblehead will be out of luck at five of the town’s beaches.

Gas House Beach, Grace Oliver Beach, Stramski Beach, Sunset Road Pier and Village Street Beach were all closed after regular after the water tested positive for fecal coliform.

Due to the Beaches Envoronmental Assesment and Coastal Health Act, which was passed in 2000, regular testing is preformed on all Massachusetts public beaches to make sure the water is safe and improve the quality for all swimmers. Since 2001, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been working to develop a bathing beaches inventory and relating important information about beaches to the public.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued 200 closures of beaches this year, which is 127 less than 2009’s banned beaches.

The Department of Public Health said out of the 200 closed beaches, 27 of them were closed because of the elevated bacteria levels that could be harmful to swimmers.

Other closed beaches are located in Beverly, Boston, Chatham, Cohasset, Duxbury, Fairhaven, Hingham, Hull, Plymouth, Provincetown, Quincy, Sandwich, Swampscott, Swansea, and Wareham. All beach parks and sand are remaining open for non-swimming fun.

For more information about the closures, visit http://mass.digitalhealthdepartment.com

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