Swimming Ban Lifted in Beach Haven West

Aug 11, 2017


A week after Beach Haven West residents were advised not to swim in their lagoons following the discovery of dead ducks there, township officials are giving the all-clear sign. Botulism is the suspected culprit, but officials, after consulting the Ocean County Health Department, said the time of heightened awareness and concern appears to have passed.

“Recreational activity can resume in the lagoons,” officials said in a message posted on the township website this afternoon, noting the Ocean County Health Department always recommends swimming take place in protected areas where water quality is regularly checked. “Use of the lagoons for recreational swimming is at your own risk and not recommended."

Additionally, officials said recreational crabbing and fishing is permitted, but only crabs taken from approved harvest areas are considered safe to eat.

“No lagoon would be considered an approved harvest area,” according to the statement.

The township continues to monitor the water quality issues in the lagoons.  —G.G.S.



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