Carly’s Club gets special permit for swimming at Gallagher

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There have been a lot of improvements at Gallagher Beach since it became a state park on Buffalo’s outer harbor, but swimming is still an issue.

Sunday, when Carly’s Club held it “Summer Splash” fundraiser, the state required that a special water test be conducted by Erie County. The event raises money to fight pediatric cancer.

The test found that the E.coli level was safe for swimming.

“As part of our safety procedures, we have tested the water through the Erie County Public Health Lab,” said Robin Nusbaum, the manager of Carly’s Club.

There are “No Swimming” signs posted at Gallagher Beach, and on Monday, some dry-landers were wondering why routine testing isn’t conducted so they can swim too.

There were a handful of swimmers in the water despite the signs.

Jim Bruckman of South Buffalo says he’s been swimming at this beach for years. When asked if he is concerned about toxins, he said “A little bit, but I never got sick before from the water, so I can say that.”

There has been ongoing, but inconclusive, in-depth testing for pollutants, stemming from the days of the old Bethlehem Steel Plant and from contaminated run-off water.

A State Parks spokesman said Gallagher Pier has never been open to the public for continuous swimming, but he added we’ve always committed to exploring opportunities…”

WIVB.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s