Category Archives: Beach

Pic Of The Day #972

Pocket park near Compo Cove (Photo/Molly Alger)

How Healthy Are Our Rivers?

Westport’s waterways look beautiful.

You just don’t see the bacteria.

Harbor Watch — the Earthplace-based research and education program — has just released a study of water quality in rivers throughout Fairfield County. All 4 of the Westport rivers studied are not as healthy as they look.

Muddy Brook — which discharges into Sherwood Mill Pond — and Pussy Willow Brook, a Mill Pond tributary, exceeded state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection criteria for E. coli.

Two rivers empty into Sherwood Mill Pond. (Drone photo/Patrick Sikes)

Sasco Brook failed DEEP criteria for bacteria. So did the Saugatuck River — which, with 2 sewage spills last summer, also showed elevated Enterococci concentrations.

The good news: our rivers are pretty good in terms of dissolved oxygen. That’s an important water quality indicator, because many aquatic species rely on it for survival.

Overall, 77% of the 123 field stations studied by Harbor Watch exceeded either 1 or both of the state criteria for acceptable levels of baceria. Click here for the full report.

Pic Of The Day #969

Getting all your ducks in a row, at the Compo Beach channel (Photo/Jamie Walsh)

Pics Of The Day #968

Compo Beach, in this morning’s snow … (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

… and Nash’s Pond (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

… and Ford Road (Photo/Michael Tomashefsky)

Pic Of The Day #967

Compo Beach late fall sunset (Photo/Lucy Zeko)

Pics Of The Day #960

Compo Beach, the morning after the first snow of the season…

(Photos/Larry Untermeyer)

Pic Of The Day #959

Schlaet’s Point reeds, in today’s snow (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #957

In late fall, a Saugatuck Shores reminder of summer (Photo/Amy Schneider)

Pics Of The Day #955

Homemade boat off Canal Beach …

… and heading out to Long Island Sound. (Photos/Gene Borio)

Pic Of The Day #953

Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)