Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

Bacteria close national park beach to swimmers

August 27, 2009, 7:48 am

PROVINCETOWN — Cape Cod National Seashore rangers closed the lifeguard-patrolled area of Race Point Beach to swimming yesterday because of high bacteria levels.

Seashore officials don't know the cause of the high bacteria levels, according to Chief Ranger Bob Grant. Water quality is sampled weekly at the beach during the summer, in accordance with federal and state guidelines.

That sampling will occur daily until the bacteria count returns to normal and the beach is reopened for swimming, Grant said.

High bacteria counts at Seashore beaches are relatively rare, according to Seashore Superintendent George Price.

If the problem at Race Point Beach persists, then Seashore officials will expand their analysis and testing to find the source of the problem, Price said.