WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Save the Sound has released what they call the Sound Health Explorer, which hands out grades based on bacteria levels in beach water recorded over the past five years.
Some of the worst beaches for bacteria include New London’s Green Harbor Beach, slapped with an F, and West Haven’s Sea Bluff Beach, which earned a D-.
“I was a little shocked,” said West Haven beach-goer Olivia Krochko. “I bring the kids down here everyday, so I wasn’t really aware.”
Branford Point got a C-.
“I like the beach so much,” said three-year-old Sloane St. Pierre.
“Great. We’ll be going home now,” said Branford’s Brooke St. Pierre.
“Clean water is a concern of not only Branford, but of the entire shoreline of Connecticut,” said Branford First Selectman James Cosgrove.
He disputes how Save the Sound recorded rainfall in their calculations, but agrees the water quality can improve. He says they’re working to pinpoint where the bacteria are coming from.
“You have to go back to the source. What’s the source of the bacteria?” Cosgrove said.
This is not the first time West Haven and Branford made headlines for water quality. News 8 did similar stories in 2009 and 2012. Cosgrove says they’ve been working on it.
“Improvements to our waste water treatment plant, through our drainage system. We have a pump out boat that services the shoreline,” he said.
Cosgrove says they test for bacteria routinely, and if it’s safe, young Sloane and the rest of the beach lovers will still go for a dip.
“I always try to watch out, make sure that the beach is open and their testing and it’s safe enough for the kids to go in, but gotta live a little too,” said Sloane’s mother, Brooke.
“I swim in it and I’ve had no problems swimming,” said Branford’s Lorraine Spar.
“That’s disappointing, but I will still come and still love it,” said Branford tourist Fred Norris.
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