This sandy Sound beach next to Parker Park offers a picnic area and a playground. There are lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Parking in the Park lot requires a resident parking pass.
In an effort to improve local water quality, the Town of Branford invested in both upgrading its sewage treatment plant and fixing leaking and overflowing sewer collection pipes over the past decade. Branford’s Town Engineer and the Regional East Shore Health District, with support from the Selectman’s office, have started working with Save the Sound, the Short Beach Civic Association and local citizens in designing a strategy to address the remaining pollution sources.
Branford Point Beach appears to be affected by very local, as of yet unidentified, sources of bacteria. The data suggests that excess bacteria appear during both dry (10% of the time) and wet (19% of the time) weather conditions.
The regional public health department in collaboration with the Connecticut Aquaculture Division is completing a sanitary survey of the coast looking for bacterial pollution sources.
Save the Sound recommends that in addition, the Town examines the septic system associated with the Branford Point Beach.
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