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…”