Swimming Advisory for Havens Beach in Sag Harbor

Christine Sampson

Following Friday's heavy rains, Suffolk County health officials have issued an advisory against swimming at certain beaches across the county, including Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.

After heavy rainfall there is "the potential that bacteria in excess of New York State standards" can impact swimming areas in enclosed bays or with limited tidal flushing, the Health Department said, because they are "heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and/or adjacent tributaries."

The department advises avoiding the water in these areas for two full tidal cycles, or 24 hours, after heavy rainfall. The advisory issued Friday afternoon will expire on Sunday at 5 a.m. unless water samples indicate elevated bacteria levels beyond the 24-hour period.

Information on other affected beaches, none of which are in East Hampton or Southampton Towns, can be learned by calling the bathing beach hotline at 631-852-5822 or visiting the Health Department's beach monitoring webpage.