Study to examine bacterial contamination and solutions at Crescent Beach in Glen Cove

Officials say they want to improve the sewage system in the area, reducing high levels of bacteria. (7/14/14)

GLEN COVE - Nassau County officials today announced a $2 million feasibility study that will examine bacterial contamination at a Glen Cove beach and whether municipal sewers could be the solution.

Crescent Beach has been closed to swimmers and fishers for the past five years due to elevated bacteria levels. It’s disappointing to residents in the area who would like to enjoy their local shore.

Officials say 90 homes near Crescent Beach are not connected to public sewers. It's suspected that aging or faulty septic systems could be leaking into the wetlands near the water, resulting in the higher bacteria levels.

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Glen Cove Mayor Reggie Spinello says that after the initial study, officials will examine design plans and then begin installing a new sewage system. Each phase of the project will have its own cost. Spinello believes the entire process could take about three years, if it moves aggressively.

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