June 1976 Pollution of Long Island Ocean Beaches

by R. Lawrence Swanson, (M.ASCE), Manager; Marine EcoSystem Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Project, NOAA, State Univ. of New York at Stonybrook, Stony Brook, N.Y.,
Garry F. Mayer, Ecologist; Marine EcoSuystem Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Project, NOAA, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.,
Paul A. Eisen, Data Mgr.; Marine EcoSystem Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Project, NOAA, State Univ., of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.,
Charles A. Parker, Oceanographer; Marine EcoSystem Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Project, NOAA, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.,
Stanley Chanesman, Program Analyst; Marine EcoSystem Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Project, NOAA, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.,
Joel S. O'Connor, Sr. Ecologist; Marine EcoSystem Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Project, NOAA, State Univ., of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.,
Harold M. Stanford, Sr. Oceanographer; Marine EcoSystem Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Project, NOAA, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 6, Pg. 1067-1085


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: In June 1976, Long Island's ocean beaches were inundated with floating wastes including sewage-related material, trash, and garbage. The material exited the Hudson-Raritan estuary as a result of high spring runoff and intensive May rains. Once introduced into New York Bight waters, it was transported to the beaches by persistent southerly winds. The major sources of the floatable wastes were urban runoff and sewage treatment plant bypassing feeding through the combined sewer system. Assessment was accomplished by comparing waste materials found on the beaches with the types and volumes of materials associated with suspected sources. Continual washups of floatable material can be expected, particularly during summer months, until better source and screening controls are implemented.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Beaches | Waste management | Islands | Pollution | Solid wastes | Runoff | Rainfall-runoff relationships | Estuaries | Rainfall intensity | North America | United States | New York

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