TOWN OF STILLWATER, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Brown’s Beach on Saratoga Lake is closed due to levels of E. coli that exceed standards set by the New York State Department of Health.
The Town of Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski believes geese feces is to blame.
“We had an inundation of about 30, 40 geese come over, and we’re trying to disperse them in the best means possible,” he said.
Kinowski says the town has tried tried just about everything.
“Dogs! Early in the morning we’ll get dogs to run by and disperse them a little bit,” he said.
There’s a watchful owl decoy, wires strung above the beach, and an agressive bird call sound system. In the nearby park where Brian Howard and Lisa Shultis are enjoying the view, there’s a low fence to keep the geese from coming ashore.
“It’s disruptive to everyone that comes down here, it’s terrible,” said Howard.
While turning away beach goers, Kinowski is trying to put an end to false rumors about harmful algal blooms.
“There’s no algal blooms, no dead dogs. Social media has been horrible,” he said.
He says there’s another factor that could be contributing to e coli levels: dirty diapers.
“We’ve found some and have had to pull them away,” he said.
Kinowski says testing will continue over the next few days with the beach opening Wednesday at the earliest.
A statement from the New York State Department of Health reads, “The Town of Stillwater took the appropriate action to close the beach when one of their routine water quality testing results exceeded the bacteriological indicator level of 235 E. coli per 100 ml, as specified in the State Sanitary Code.”