The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) monitors permitted bathing beaches for specific indicator bacteria (Escherichia coli also known as E. coli) and harmful algal blooms (HABs) to determine compliance with Subpart 6-2, Section 6-2.15 of the New York Sanitary Code. Water is determined to be unsafe based on indicator bacteria standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and on the presence of harmful algal blooms, following NYSDOH guidance. To best protect the public from possible disease exposure beaches are closed when the water exceeds safety standards.
Beach closures occur immediately (the same day) when laboratory test results indicate samples have exceeded the EPA water-quality standards. When the indicator bacteria levels are elevated, the potential risk to human health from bacteria in the water increases, thus triggering a beach closure. When beach water has been identified as unsafe signs are posted at the beach to alert the public. A map of Great Lakes beaches in New York State, with the most recent E. coli results, is available at http://ny.healthinspections.us/ny_beaches/.
Beginning in 2015, Wright Park West and Point Gratiot East beach status is determined using predictive models. CCDHHS will continue testing the beach water for E. coli while implementing the models. An interactive map, with daily updates and information on predictive modeling in New York State, is available at http://ny.water.usgs.gov/maps/nowcast/.
This site is updated Monday through Friday during the beach season. However, occasional weekend sampling may occur. We therefore encourage the public to check the signs at beaches for the most recent beach status. Additionally, it is important to recognize that beaches may close for reasons other than poor water quality (i.e. staffing problems, weather, etc.), thus a satisfactory listing does not guarantee that a beach will be open for swimming.
The status of Chautauqua County permitted public beaches are listed below:
Report Updated: September 6, 2016 - ALL BEACHES ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2016 SEASON.