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Sewage Overflow First Reported Here

Leads to L Street beach closure



  1. Average Joe wrote:

    Not the first time and won’t be the last. Next heavy rain …………stay away!!!

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 5:24 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    stormwater infiltration into the sanitary sewer is the problem and Belmar elected officials don’t have the political will to do a smoke test.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Colleen Connelly, Mayor Magovern and entire Council stop worrying about more 5 story buildings and start worrying about the safety of the people. All income levels, local or not.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 8:59 am | Permalink
  4. Me three wrote:

    Aint that some shit!

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  5. guest wrote:

    I thought there was an emergency repair a few years ago at this same location for the same exact reason. Did it not get fixed?

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 9:51 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Sewer system can’t handle it’s current load, so lets keep building high density housing (condos) and approving zoning exceptions that exceed lot coverage ratios. That way the excess rainwater in the street can mix with the raw sewage and dilute it…good grief

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 9:55 am | Permalink
  7. Average Joe wrote:

    #5 It was a band aid approach. Sewer system can’t handle the load.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  8. Guest wrote:

    Has any remediation work been done to clean the contaminated area? At a minimum, I think you are supposed to apply a liberal amount of hydrated lime to the spilled area according to Office of Emergency Management.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  9. Bad waters wrote:

    Sad state of affairs, sewage in the water and rookie lifeguards guard.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
  10. Average Joe wrote:

    #8 Are you kidding?

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Yuck. Too much sh*t already..ban new condos.
    And say a prayer that the beaches are safe

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  12. Hmm? wrote:

    Yellow caution tape blocking entrance at staircase but didn’t see any warning where you enter from the parking lot or walk on with kayaks.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  13. apocalypse now wrote:

    Doherty and crew turned Belmar into a sh*t town. Flush out the sitting Dems on the council. In fact, why not clean house? We need industrial strength Drano to rid Borough Hall of the stinking clog.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
  14. gene creamer wrote:


    “Contaminants from the highway and fertilizer from private lawns” are generally to blame for the water quality issues in the Shark River, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern told the Asbury Park Press. 6/1/18

    Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:27 am | Permalink
  15. Dirty water wrote:

    Belmar Borough
    Beach (River): L Street Beach
    Reason: Sample exceeded water quality standard.
    No Current Closures
    Beach Closing/Advisory Policies

    The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is responsible for setting sanitary and safety regulations for public recreational bathing beaches. Recreational beaches are subject to the opening and closing procedures of the Public Recreational Bathing rule (N.J.A.C. 8:26) Adobe PDF icon.

    Each week recreational beach water quality monitoring is performed at approximately 180 ocean and 35 bay monitoring stations along the coast of New Jersey. Samples are analyzed for the presence of Enterococci, a type of bacteria found in animal and human waste that is an indicator of possible contamination of bathing waters. The New Jersey State Sanitary Code requires that the concentration of bacteria not exceed 104 colonies of Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of sample. An exceedance of this concentration may be harmful to human health (see our Health Risk Information section). When a sample exceeds the state standard, a swimming advisory is issued and additional sampling is conducted and continues each day until the sample result is below 104 Enterococci/100 mL. If two consecutive daily samples exceed the standard, the bathing beach closes until sample results are below the standard. In addition to bacteria monitoring, regional health or enforcement agencies may close beaches at any time at their discretion to protect public health and safety.

    There are two categories of actions that take place when water quality exceeds the recreational standard; advisories and closings.


    Any initial sample that exceeds the state standard requires that the local health agency issue a swimming advisory at the bathing beach where the sample was collected. Swimming Advisories warn the public of potentially unhealthy water conditions. Additional sampling is conducted until water quality results are again within the standard.

    Beach Closings:

    Beaches are closed if two consecutive samples collected at a bathing beach exceed the state standard. Beach closings remain in effect until subsequent sampling indicates bacteria levels are again below the standard. The closure applies to water activities like swimming, wading, and playing in the water. Other beach related activities like sunbathing and walking on the beach are unaffected. Health authorities may close beaches at any time for any reason as a precaution in order to protect public health. Precautionary beach closings can be caused by wash-ups of debris or trash or household medical products, breaks or spills to sewer lines that may discharge to a bathing beach, extraordinary weather events, or any other condition that may affect public health. If a health authority closes a beach due to a wash-up of debris, they may limit all access to the beaches, if needed, to protect public health.

    Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  16. mary anne dilberger wrote:

    So pleased that your lovely daughter won a woman’s club scholarship
    Mary Anne

    Friday, June 1, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  17. admin wrote:

    Thank you Mary Anne and thank you Belmar Womens Club

    Friday, June 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    Women’s Club does a very good job. Delightful to join.

    Friday, June 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

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