Experts: Connecticut's beaches improving, could be better
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#1 Jul 30, 2009
The usual suspects - notably Greenwich - with its apparently still uncorrected porous sewer mains.
Overall, water quality is better than it has been in years, from the standpoint of sewage treatment plant operations.
A case in point - Stamford's recent several hundred thousand dollar government award for extremely efficient nitrogen removal.
Yes, heavy rains do bring animal waste and fretilizer runoff to Long Island Sound. We can work on the fertilizers, but the wildlife - not really.
And the reflexive response to an inch of rain or more a day is to close beaches and test. Not necessarily because of STP failures, but because we know runoff will boost bacteria for a short time.
All in all Long Island Sound cleanliness in our area has made quantum leaps.
#2 Jul 30, 2009
Baloney, Stamford's beaches are disgusting.
#3 Jul 30, 2009
Bacterial water quality is virtually pristine.
You may not like the seaweed, which is seldom cleaned up; the seagull scattered garbage, which should be collected in the evening; or the natural silt and shells on the bottom. But, from a health standpoint, bacteria counts are better than a lot of swimming pools I've seen on busy hot days.
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