From the Times Ledger:
A national study of the nation’s beaches found that two Queens beaches — Douglas Manor and Rockaway’s Breezy Point — were among the city’s three most-polluted swimming sites.
The National Resources Defense Council released its annual study July 29 that reviews bacteria counts at beaches across the nation resulting from a variety of factors, including sewage spills and pollution washed into waterways by rainfall. The study also rates beaches based on water quality and how often they were closed down.
This year’s study found that Douglas Manor Beach was the city’s most polluted beach, exceeding acceptable bacteria count levels by 13 percent, while Breezy Point exceeded acceptable levels by 11 percent, tying for second place with Brooklyn’s Gerritsen/Kiddie Beach as the city’s second most-polluted beach.
Last week, the city Health Department said Douglas Manor Beach had either been closed or given advisories against swimming during a total of 46 days since the beginning of the summer.