CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY BEACH MONITORING PROGRAM
The Chautauqua County Health Department monitors permitted bathing beaches for specific indicator bacteria (fecal coliforms and E.coli) and harmful algae (blue-green algae or cyanobacteria) 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 become too high, the potential risk to human health from bacteria in the water becomes too great, triggering a beach closure. When beach water has been identified as unsafe closed signs are posted along the beach to alert the public.
This site is updated Monday-Friday. 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:
ALL BEACHES ARE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON