UPDATE: The RI Department of Health has re-opened Oakland Beach to the public as of July 3, as well as Lincoln Woods State Park Beach as of July 2 and Ninigret Pond Beach June 30.
WARWICK, RI — The RI Department of Health has closed Oakland Beach for high bacteria levels, the second Warwick beach closed by the department this summer.
The department announced the closure June 29, citing high levels of Enterocci bacteria.
The health department routinely checks city and state beaches for high levels of bacteria in the water. Beach closures are announced with bacteria levels exceed more than 60 cfu/100 ml ((colony forming units per 100 milliliters) of Enterocci bacteria in saltwater and in freshwater. The beach’s status can be monitored at the DOH website.
Goddard Park State Beach, closed earlier this season for two days between June 12 and June 14. Other beaches closed June 29 for high bacteria levels include:
- Ninigret Pond Beach Charlestown June 29
- Briar Point Beach Coventry June 29
- Camp Watmough/Holiday Acres Glocester June 29
- Lincoln Woods State Park Beach Lincoln June 30