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Now Available: Our 2023 Blue Water Task Force Report

We are pleased to share our latest Eastern Long Island Blue Water Task Force Report! Every year, we share the results of our water testing program which detects potentially harmful bacteria in our waterways.

Our 2023 results are consistent with trends detected in previous years. Each year, our water quality results indicate that many East End sites frequently experience high bacteria levels that exceed health standards. Ocean and bay beaches generally test clean, seldom showing high bacteria levels because of the water exchange and mixing that occurs at these sites. Bacteria at these sites, however, can be elevated during the busy tourist season or after rainfall or other heavy storm events.

The full report can be viewed here.

2023 ELI BWTF Report Cover

Cover Photo by Blue Water Task Force volunteer, Heidi Oleszczuk.

This version shares some updates on the program from last year, highlights a few key sites, and includes our partner projects to improve water quality.

We are so thankful to our volunteers, partners, and supporters for making this happen! We will continue monitoring East End beaches to inform our community about our local water quality.