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2016 Beach Watch: Week 2 Results

July 14th, 2016 | Posted by admin

Save The River Reports on Week 2 of Beach Watch Program

Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on July 11, 2016 passed.

For the 2016 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the River: Wilson’s Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a glimpse of the water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season.

Location Pass/Fail Parts per 100mL
Frink Park PASS 1.0
Lake of the Isles PASS 1.0
Potter’s Beach PASS <1.0
Scenic View Beach PASS 3.1
Wilson’s Beach 3 ft PASS 3.1
Wilson’s Beach 6ft PASS 4.1

Results are expressed in numbers of bacteria colonies found in a one hundred milliliter (mL) sample of swimming water.  The NY state Department of Health has set a swimming water quality limit of 235 colonies of E. coli bacteria per 100 milliliters of water.

As in previous years, Save The River will be testing for E. coli bacteria in all of its swimming locations and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. Save The River will make the results available to the public each week with a pass/fail system at the organization’s office, online and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted on and in the T.I. Sun.

To sign up for weekly Beach Watch updates or for more information about the program please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visit


Potter's Beach on Grindstone Island is one of the area's popular swimming locations where samples are collected each week.  Photo Credit: Maria Purcell

Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island is one of the area’s popular swimming locations where samples are collected each week. Photo Credit: Maria Purcell.

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