High Bacteria Levels Shut Down Two Bronx Beaches

By Jess Wisloski on August 4, 2012 12:41pm 

THE BRONX — Two Bronx beaches have been shut down over bacteria contamination fears, according to city officials.

The Danish American Beach Club, and the West Fordham Street Association private beaches share waterways near the public Orchard Beach, and have soaring bacteria counts in a measure taken Friday, according to the city Department of Health's website.

The Environmental Protection Agency's health limit for bacteria count on a single day is 104 particles in a 100 milliliter sample — and, according to the city's figures, the Danish American Beach Club on Eastchester Bay had 126 in a sample, and West Fordham Street had 282 particles in a sample that was posted Saturday.

West Fordham Street, on City Island, is just a stone's throw from Orchard Beach, and the two share Pelham Bay.

Both of the private beaches were closed Saturday.

"Its because of elevated bacteria levels," said Chanel Caraway, a Health Department spokeswoman, who said testing was typically done once per week.

According to Friday's testing, Orchard Beach, had a particle count of 89.

Comparatively, Coney Island Beach's particle count was 12, Rockaway Beach was 5, and the Bronx's on Friday. Caraway said Orchard Beach would not be re-tested Saturday.

"At Orchard Beach, the bacteria levels were fine," she said. The closed beaches would be re-tested next week, she confirmed.

No other New York City beaches were closed Saturday.

 

 

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