The Rhode Island Department of Health stopped collecting beach water samples for its annual monitoring program season that ended on August 31, 2017. They collect and analyze water samples from beaches throughout Rhode Island from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The testing is to determine if the levels of Enterococci in the beach areas are at a safe enough level for swimming. Enterococci are bacteria which are normally found in a human or animal's GI tract/gut/bowels.
Total beach closure days for this summer season, 2017:
101 days/8.76 inches of rainfall.
More than half of the 101 overall beach closure days occurred in Warwick RI, that had a total of 63 city beach closure days.
Beach Closure Days:
Total Statewide Beach Closure Days/Rainfall totals since 2009, when Phase I of the Narragansett Bay Commission's" Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Program" came online: