Beach & Lakes Water Testing
The Niagara County Department of Health test beaches and bathing areas within Niagara County weekly throughout the summer to determine if the water quality can cause a health risk.
Testing is also performed at several other locations along the Lake to monitor water quality and that information may be helpful to residents along the Lake, boaters and the recreational community.
Testing Result will determine whether a swimming area will remain open or designated as Unsafe to to swim or Beach Closed.
Results will be posted on this website. Check back weekly for updates.
Beach is open for swimming.
Unsafe to Swim
It is unsafe to swim, but the beach remains open.
Beach is closed to the public.
No access to the beach, sand or swimming.
Beaches are posted unsafe to swim or closed when water tests show unacceptable levels of E. Coli bacteria present.
The beach may also be unsafe because of floating debris, oil, excessive weed growth, bad odors and general turbidity.
Swimming in these waters could cause infections of the ear, eye, nose throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested.
Current Beach Status: (Last update 05/04/2016)
Check with the beach owner for current conditions.
Lake Ontario Beaches:
Lake Ontario beaches may also be closed by the owner due to reason's other then those listed above.
Inland Lake Beaches:
Campground beaches may also be closed by the owner due to reason's other then those listed above.
These beaches are part of the camping experience and are restricted to campers.
Other Lake Ontario testing locations:
We are testing for E Coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria, once a week, at both a shallow depth and a deep depth at each site. The standard for E. coli is 235 E.coli per 100ml of freshwater for a single sample and 126 E.coli per 100ml of freshwater as a logarithmic mean of all samples over a 30 day period. The bathing beach standards are covered in Part 6 of the NYS/Niagara County Sanitary Code and include a whole host of requirement besides water quality. The website for the code is: Health NY Gov
Sun Safety: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm
CDC Podcast "Protect Your Skin": http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/downloader/download.mp3?af=a&f=8623906
Unintentional Drowning: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html