Duxbury: Harbormaster says high bacteria count at beach likely a fluke

Officials in Duxbury say that Residents Beach will likely be open again this weekend, after testing showed an extremely high bacteria level and closed the beach to swimmers earlier this week.

Duxbury Harbormaster Don Beers says that routine testing of the beach on Tuesday morning brought back a bacteria count of 3,900, well above the 104 state acceptable threshold and unprecedented for the beach, which in the past 9 years had its highest count at 171.

Beers says that the test sample was likely taken from an area where a wild animal, like a seal, had just left its trail, and he expects that follow up tests taken Thursday will come back clean and the waters will be reopened.

Green Harbor Beach in Marshfield, A Street Beach in Hull, and seven beaches in Quincy are also closed for swimming due to high bacteria counts this week.

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