'Potentially unsafe': Report shows fecal contamination at Massachusetts beaches

CBS Boston


A new report is flagging possibly unhealthy water at Massachusetts beaches. The “Safe For Swimming” report from Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center looked for fecal indicator bacteria at beaches in 29 states, and found “potentially unsafe” contamination levels.

In Massachusetts, researchers tested 556 beaches for fecal indicator bacteria in 2020. Among those, 264 were found to have “potentially unsafe water on at least one day, and 29 beaches were potentially unsafe on at least 25% of the days they were tested.”