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Beach Bacteria Levels Remain High, Monitoring Rates Low

A view from Buttonwoods Beach. CREDIT: Mary Carlos
A view from Buttonwoods Beach. CREDIT: Mary Carlos

Warwick, RI — In the wake of more beach closures in Warwick announced June 26 by the Rhode Island Health Department, a recent study shows that four of 15 local beaches are regularly monitored.

According to the National Resource Defense Council [NRDC], two of Warwick’s most frequently closed beaches — Conimicut Point and Oakland Beach — rank first and third, respectively, in the state for how often they exceed bacteria standards.

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Conimicut, Oakland Beach, and Goddard Memorial State Park were ordered closed by the Health Department this week. Goddard was reopened late Friday. Oakland Beach was reopened Saturday.

The NRDC report also showed that those three beaches are the most-monitored in Warwick, with City Park Beach listed fourth with 35 samples.

That leaves 11 other Warwick beaches, or 72 percent, unmonitored, according to the NRDC. Rhode Island reported 203 unmonitored sites, 86 percent of the state’s beaches.

Overall, Rhode Island ranked 25th out of 30 states in the NRDC Survey.

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