Beach reopens after goose waste forces closure

The beach closure for Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip has been lifted now that recent water samples meet New York state standards.

Canada geese were the source behind contaminated water that prompted several bans on swimming, according to officials.

Canada geese were the source behind contaminated water that prompted several bans on swimming, according to officials. (7/23/15)

LAKE RONKONKOMA BEACH - The beach closure for Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip has been lifted now that recent water samples meet New York state standards. 

Canada geese were the source behind contaminated water that prompted several bans on swimming, according to officials. The geese waste caused a high level of E. coli bacteria in the water.

Islip Town had to shut down the beach for 25 days this summer. County health officials say that Lake Ronkonkoma Beach has had the most closures of the 190 beaches that they monitor.

"They need to do something about it. People want to go bathing here, hang out, and (I want to) take my kids, and I can't," says Scott Cohen, of Holbrook. "It's not good for the wildlife.  It's not good for anything."

Canada geese are a federally protected species. But environmentalist Adrienne Esposito says if the geese are the main source of the problem, the town should be looking at ways of controlling their population.

"They have humane ways now of controlling geese," Esposito says. "Relocating them is one very popular one...It is hard, but it is doable."

More on this topic

Suffolk County 2015 Water Report

(Note: This is a large file that may take a moment to load)

View Full Report Long Island Water Quality Index What's in the Water Town Hall Meeting

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say a 24-year-old man has been arrested 1 Police: Man left 6-year-old nephew home alone for hours
Long Island's Congressional Democrats led a rally Sunday 2 Congressional Democrats rally to protect health care programs
On top of the Island Marriott, the site 3 Property owner wants to remove ham radio towers from hotel
Police shot and injured a suspected drunken driver 4 Police identify man who was shot, injured by police officer
A Mastic woman is accused of driving while 5 Woman dies after being pinned at gas station by allegedly high driver

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Officials say 70 percent of the samples taken Experts: LI water damaging marine life

Local scientists say the low quality of Long Island water is damaging marine life. News

Environmentalists, scientists, advocates and policy makers were given LI Water Conference held in Hauppauge

The fourth annual Long Island Water Conference was held Thursday afternoon in Hauppauge. Environmentalists, scientists,

According to the report, ground water, the only Report: Suffolk groundwater problems worsening

According to the report, ground water, the only source of drinking water on Long Island,

There are questions in Suffolk because of cutbacks What's in the Water: Follow-Up Investigation

When you turn on the tap, you expect the water to be clean and healthy.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE