Ditch Plains: Ditch Witch

Montauk, New York

Ditch Plains Beach, only two miles from the heart of Montauk, is known as the surfer's beach because the waves draw in the best surfers on Long Island. However, it’s loved by locals and visitors alike. The beach boasts breathtaking cliffs and sand dunes. Restrooms, showers, and concessions are available. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10am-5pm, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. An East Hampton Town beach parking permit is required year-round to park. Driving on the beach is permitted but a permit is required.

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Surfrider Foundation - Eastern Long Island Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ditch Plains: Ditch Witch is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task force is a volunteer-run, citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. The Eastern Long Island Surfrider Chapter has partnered with two local organizations, The Concerned Citizens of Montauk, and the Peconic Baykeeper to sample 50 locations on Eastern Long Island including ocean and bay beaches, ponds and lakes that are used recreationally and creeks that discharge into these coastal waters.

The Blue Water Task Force tests both marine and freshwater sites for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. Water samples are collected weekly from June to September. Testing is conducted bi-weekly during the fall (October to December) and monthly from January to May.
Blue Water Task Force results are compared to water quality criteria established by the
EPA to protect public health in recreational waters. Test results are expressed as the Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL
seawater by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.
All water quality results are posted online for anyone to view or download at
go.surfrider.org/BWTF Weekly water quality reports are also distributed via email. Sign
up to receive these reports by emailing chenn@surfrider.org with the subject “Interest In Water Quality Alert.”

When a site is marked Green, they have meet the recreational water quality criteria (between 0 and 104 MPN/100
mL). When marked Red, results have exceeded recreational water quality criteria (above 104 MPN/100 mL).
All data can be viewed at go.surfrider.org/BWTF. Any additional questions about
Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force program or our results can also be addressed to
Colleen Henn, chenn@surfrider.org.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Ditch Plains: Ditch Witch

Montauk, New York

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Surfrider Foundation - Eastern Long Island Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

Ditch Plains Beach, only two miles from the heart of Montauk, is known as the surfer's beach because the waves draw in the best surfers on Long Island. However, it’s loved by locals and visitors alike. The beach boasts breathtaking cliffs and sand dunes. Restrooms, showers, and concessions are available. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10am-5pm, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. An East Hampton Town beach parking permit is required year-round to park. Driving on the beach is permitted but a permit is required.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ditch Plains: Ditch Witch is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task force is a volunteer-run, citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. The Eastern Long Island Surfrider Chapter has partnered with two local organizations, The Concerned Citizens of Montauk, and the Peconic Baykeeper to sample 50 locations on Eastern Long Island including ocean and bay beaches, ponds and lakes that are used recreationally and creeks that discharge into these coastal waters.

The Blue Water Task Force tests both marine and freshwater sites for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. Water samples are collected weekly from June to September. Testing is conducted bi-weekly during the fall (October to December) and monthly from January to May.
Blue Water Task Force results are compared to water quality criteria established by the
EPA to protect public health in recreational waters. Test results are expressed as the Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL
seawater by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.
All water quality results are posted online for anyone to view or download at
go.surfrider.org/BWTF Weekly water quality reports are also distributed via email. Sign
up to receive these reports by emailing chenn@surfrider.org with the subject “Interest In Water Quality Alert.”

When a site is marked Green, they have meet the recreational water quality criteria (between 0 and 104 MPN/100
mL). When marked Red, results have exceeded recreational water quality criteria (above 104 MPN/100 mL).
All data can be viewed at go.surfrider.org/BWTF. Any additional questions about
Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force program or our results can also be addressed to
Colleen Henn, chenn@surfrider.org.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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