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(May 15 to Oct. 15)
Swimming at RI Beaches
Rhode Island is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Northeast. Facilities are generously spaced along the coastline, and each has attractions of its own. Some areas, though, are also vulnerable to pollution, particularly in the dog days of summer when water temperatures rise and downpours stress the watershed. Both harmful and harmless bacteria drain from streets and lawns into the Bay. Sources of this bacteria include failing septic systems and wildlife and pet waste.
In cooperation with RI cities and town and DEM, the RI Department of Health monitors beaches in the state and bars swimming when health risks become unacceptable.
What should I do?Follow common-sense precautions:
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