In response to some of the concerns raised here about toxins in Echo Bay we contacted New Rochelle Parks Commission Bill Zimmermann who informed Talk of the Sound that testing of the waters around New Rochelle — done by the Westchester County Health Department — has shown no evidence of toxins in the water samples.
Zimmermann tells TOS:
The City uses the testing services provided and coordinated through our Westchester County Department of Health, the agency who licenses our public swimming areas and those water samples are taken throughout the season several times per week and sent to the testing lab for analysis. Based upon those readings, we will determine whether or not to open public swim areas or deem them unsafe for the general public’s health and safety. Those standards are outlined in the NYS Public Health Code, which we the City follows as required. Depending upon tidal shifts, we usually are dealing with the excess discharge of waste into LI Sound from the adjacent treatment plant and Echo Bay overflow valves which is a natural and temporary sanitary condition. To date, the Health Department has reported no toxins in the water samples.
As the County Health Department happens to be located in New Rochelle, perhaps a concerned reader might be willing to take on the role of becoming our marine environmental report – gathering the results of the County’s testing of water samples and publishing a weekly blog post every Friday (before people use the water on the weekends). Volunteers?