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WDKX.com » Blog » Rochester's Ontario Beach Makes 'Grossest Beaches' List
Jun 29th 2013 11:37 am
Rochester's Ontario Beach Makes 'Grossest Beaches' List
by News

It's not the first time Rochester's Ontario Beach has been ranked one of most polluted in the country, but the Monroe County Health Department says it's doing what it can to keep swimmers safe.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is out with "Testing the Waters," its annual report on beaches. Ontario Beach in Charlotte has made a national list of the country's "Grossest Beaches."

Ontario Beach was the only beach in New York State to get repeat-offender status.
That category lists the beaches with the highest number of days where the quality of water exceeds federal environmental standards for healthy levels of bacteria.

Health Department Spokesman John Ricci says one of the reasons Ontario Beach makes the list is because it's one of the few beaches in New York that's tested every day.

"We find the methodology used by the group that pulls this report together is a little questionable," said Ricci. "Obviously the more you look, the more you find. In Monroe County, we place a high priority on the safety of our residents in order to ensure the safety of our residents. In order to assure that safety, we have to test the waters every day."

Last summer the beach was closed more days then it was open, but the health department says when the beach is open, the water is safe for all to enjoy.

The "Testing the Waters" report was based on 2012 stats.

Source: YNN.com