Valley Grove,Yacht Club Beaches Closed to Bathing

Centerport Yacht Club Beach and Valley Grove Beach in Huntington are closed to bathing because bacteria levels exceed acceptable criteria.

Bacteria can be introduced to recreational waters from a variety of sources, including storm water runoff, resident waterfowl populations, failing or poorly operating septic systems, sewage spills, boats and marinas, floatable debris, and from bathers themselves.

 Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken said that bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.

Beaches will reopen when further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels.

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