The water quality findings for beaches from Hull to the North Shore were made public Sunday in an annual report from Save the Bay.
Bruce Berman, the group's director of strategy and communications, said the High marks for many beaches are significant given the record 61 inches of rain that falls in Massachusetts last year. Without the proper infrastructure, stormwater unleashed during storms can pollute beach water, he said.
Two beaches in South Boston, Nantasket Beach in Hull , Nahant Beach in Nahant, Winthrop Beach in Winthrop, Short Beach in Revere, and Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester accomodated their water quality tests last year, the report said. [WeeklytestingbeganonMay24201
Alerts about high bacteria levels, Berman said, are based on tests or water samples collected a day ahead of time. He urged swimmers to use common sense when deciding whether to go in the water. [SavetheBaystarteditswaterqualitytestingprogramaturbanbeachesin2011BermansaidthesameyeartheBostonHarborcleanupprojectmarketamajormilestonewiththeopeningofamassivesewageholdingtankinSouthBoston
The 2.1-mile tank under Day Boulevard is credited with keeping dirty water out of the harbor when it rains. The federal court case that led to the $ 5 billion Boston Harbor cleanup ended in 2016 after three decades.
M Street Beach in South Boston holds the distinction of having an average water quality safety rating or 100 percent over six years, the report
King's Beach and Tenean Beach have consistently ranked at the bottom of the list.
Last summer, King's Beach was safe for swimming 75 percent of the time and Tenean Beach was safe for swimming 78 percent of the time,
Going back to 2013, Tenean Beach had the lowest average safety levels, according to the report, and King's Beach was second to last.
Swimming in waters with high bacteria levels puts people at risk of developing rashes, eye infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses, Berman said.
At Tenean Beach, high bacteria levels are believed to be caused by sewage systems that were improperly connected to stormwater pipes, he said. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission has been working to identify problem connections, said said and reroute waste. Problem spots have been identified and fixed, she said, only for testing to other areas that requires attention. [Thecommissionshesaidhasstartedrepairsonaproblemspotthatwasrecentlyidentifiedandfeelsoptimisticaboutthework19659002] At King's Beach, bacteria have been linked to problems with stormwater pipes in Lynn and sewer systems in Swampscott, Berman said.
In 2015, Swampscott agreed to pay a $ 65,000 civil penalty after the US Environmental Protection Agency accused the town of discharging pollutants into its stormwater drainage system.
Since then, the town has spent $ 4 million in enclosures in protective sleeves for prevent leaks, said Town Administrator Sean R. Fitzgerald.
Fixing the problem entirely, however said,
"We can offer you all the local real estate tax base," Fitzgerald said.
In Lyn , Berman said,   Lynn and Swampscott are eligible for state funds from a $ 20 million environmental bond bill that was authorized two years ago, though the money has yet to be appropriated, Berman said.
The State Department of Conservation and Recreation, which oversees the beaches, is committed to their protection and improvement, a spokeswoman said.
Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee didn
Sean Regan, 36, or Swampscott, brought his 2-year-old daughter Annabelle to King's Beach Saturday afternoon. He said he was surprised to hear the beach fared poorly on water quality tests, but said the beach was relatively clean compared to other bodies of water nationwide.
"It doesn't concern me all that much," Regan said . "We probably wouldn't choose this beach to go swimming in, but at the same time I don't think it's toxic." Shanel Anderson, 35, said she was aware that King's Beach is low in the rankings. compared to nearby beaches. Officials need to do a better job of informing the public of bacteria levels, she said.
“We love the beach. This is pretty much our standard activity to do, ”said Anderson, who visited the beach with her sons, Solomon, 8, and Kingston, 4.“ I never think twice about it. It's something that's definitely going to think about from now on. ”
Robert Tucker, president of the nonprofit organization Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach, said officials in Lynn and Swampscott haven't done enough to improve water quality at King's Beach. "It's just getting resolved the way it should be resolved," he said. Laura Crimaldi can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi . Amanda Kaufman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ amandakauf1 .