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Amie Parris
Beach Program Manager


News - Beaches

09/03/2013 11:00 EDT
The Rhode Island beach season ended on Monday, September 2nd and licensed beaches are currently closed. For more information on beach closures or the Beach Program, please check here or call 401-222-7727.
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Ongoing Beach Advisories


The Department of Health discourages water contact in areas within 200 feet of a running storm drain and in or near areas where water seeps from the ground. These waters may contain high levels of harmful bacteria, which may cause illness.

Areas to Avoid after Heavy Rains

The Department of Health discourages swimming, surfing, and other full body contact activities in Upper Narragansett Bay, North of Conimicut Point for a minimum of 3 days areas after heavy rains. These waters are directly affected by discharges from area wastewater treatment facilities and/or stormwater drains. After a heavy rain, high levels of harmful bacteria in these waters may cause illness.

Portsmouth Park & Island Park

The Department of Environmental Management has documented evidence of human sewage in storm drain outfalls and groundwater seeps along the shoreline of Portsmouth Park the southern portion of "Blue Bill Cove" at Island Park. (more) Though water quality data at nearby monitoring stations may indicate safe swimming, pollution sources are variable and may cause localized areas of contamination. Use shellfish closure areas as a guide for affected waters to avoid.