Rye beaches re-opened Wednesday afternoon after a sludge leak into the Blind Brook kept them closed since Monday.
As a point of clarification Bishop Nowotnik, Confidential Secretary To the Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, contacted MyRye.com to clarify that Rye Town Park beach (and Playland Beach) remained open thru the sludge scare. Just far enough away from the leaky goo...
Here is the Westchester County release:
Boating and Swimming Advisory Lifted for LI Sound Near Rye
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:47
July 17, 2013 -- The advisory cautioning against contact with the Long Island Sound near Milton Harbor in Rye and Mamaroneck Harbor has been lifted by the Westchester County Department of Health. The advisory is being lifted based on the results of water samples which show that the water does not pose a public health risk.
People who use the Long Island Sound in this area for recreational purposes are free to resume direct contact with the water and swimming at the following beaches is now permitted: Beach Point Club, Orienta Beach Club, Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, Shore Acres Pointe and Harbor Island Park Beach, all in Mamaroneck; and American Yacht Club, Shenorock Shore Club, Coveleigh Club and Greenhaven Association, all in Mamaroneck.
The advisory had been issued as a precaution because an underground force main break near Blind Brook had released sludge close to where the Blind Brook empties into the Long Island Sound. The Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities took the force main out of service at about 2:15 p.m. on Monday, but repair efforts were hindered by high tide.
Repairs to the force main were completed Tuesday evening and water was pumped through the pipe during the night while workers checked the air relief valves along the force main. Crews finished backfilling this morning and the line has now resumed normal pumping operations.