Thirteen beaches in Long Island, New York, have been closed for health concerns. The New York Daily News reports that health officials have closed these beaches for swimming due to high bacteria levels. Nassau County health officials ordered 10 North Shore beaches and one on the South Shore closed Saturday. In Suffolk County, two beaches at Heckscher State Park in East Islip are also closed to swimming because of unacceptable water quality.
Bacteria levels are high due to recent stormy weather. Officials cited the heavy rains that generate storm-water runoff. The storm runoff can sweep bacteria and pathogens into local streams and bays, causing bacterial levels to spike. Additionally, for the beaches that are open, Hurricane Arthur may...
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