Hampton Bays: Old Ponquogue Bridge- Marine Park

Hampton Bays, New York

Historically, the Old Ponquogue Bridge was the only access point from Hampton Bays to the Atlantic Ocean until a second stationary Bridge was constructed. The Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park on Shinnecock Bay provides boaters, fisherman, and swimmers access to calm water just east of the Ponquogue Bridge. Very popular with scuba divers as one of the best shore dives on Long Island, due to the abundant marine life along the bridge and proximity to clear ocean water. Popular fishing pier and boat ramp attract plenty of visitors spring through the fall. A town of Southampton Permit is required during the summertime, and porta potties are located onsite. Also at the Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park, there is a dog walk trail, a fishing pier, and a boat launch.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 4th, 2018. 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

Hampton Bays: Old Ponquogue Bridge- Marine Park is sampled monthly 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, it indicates low bacteria (between 0 and 104 MPN/100
mL). When marked Red, results showed high bacteria (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

Hampton Bays: Old Ponquogue Bridge- Marine Park

Hampton Bays, New York

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 4th, 2018. 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:   

Historically, the Old Ponquogue Bridge was the only access point from Hampton Bays to the Atlantic Ocean until a second stationary Bridge was constructed. The Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park on Shinnecock Bay provides boaters, fisherman, and swimmers access to calm water just east of the Ponquogue Bridge. Very popular with scuba divers as one of the best shore dives on Long Island, due to the abundant marine life along the bridge and proximity to clear ocean water. Popular fishing pier and boat ramp attract plenty of visitors spring through the fall. A town of Southampton Permit is required during the summertime, and porta potties are located onsite. Also at the Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park, there is a dog walk trail, a fishing pier, and a boat launch.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Hampton Bays: Old Ponquogue Bridge- Marine Park is sampled monthly 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, it indicates low bacteria (between 0 and 104 MPN/100
mL). When marked Red, results showed high bacteria (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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