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UPDATE: Recreational Health Advisory for Nissequogue River Lifted

  • 20 April 2021
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The recreation health advisory issued for Nissequogue River near Nissequogue River State Park Marina in Kings Park on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, was lifted on April 20, 2021, as NYSDEC has recently confirmed that necessary repairs have been made and the treated effluent discharge from a manhole within the conveyance network in this area has ceased.  The Kings Park sewage treatment plant is operating under normal conditions and recent analysis of samples collected from the plant effluent are below their NYSDEC permitted discharge limits.  In addition, recent analysis of surface water samples collected from the potentially affected area indicates this area is suitable for primary contact recreation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                 
April 14, 2021

Recreational Health Advisory for Nissequogue River near NYS Nissequogue River State Park Marina in Kings Park

 

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services today issued an advisory to take precautions before recreating in the Nissequogue River and boat ramp parking area at/near the Nissequogue River State Park Marina in Kings Park.  This advisory follows a recent NY-Alert notification of an effluent discharge from a manhole within the conveyance network in this area. Though the effluent has been treated, there is potential for elevated levels of pathogenic organisms to be present in this area. 

Corrective actions to mitigate the discharge have been initiated and full repairs are scheduled for Friday, April 16, 2021.

Suffolk County Health officials are working closely with the NYSDEC, which has jurisdiction over the permitting, enforcement, and management of the Kings Park sewage treatment plant.

Residents and fisherman are advised to avoid contact with waters from this area of Nissequogue River as well as the boat ramp parking lot until full repairs of the conveyance network are made. NYSDEC already prohibits the harvest of shellfish from this area at all times.  Keep children and pets away from the area as well. If contact does occur, rinse off with clean water immediately.  Seek medical attention if after exposure you experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation, or allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.

More information is forthcoming as health officials learn more about the situation.

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