Southampton: Old Town Beach

South Hampton, New York

Best recognized by the tall wooden surfboard mounted on a pole half way to the water, Old Town Beach is one of the Southampton Village beaches. Old Town Beach is located at the intersection of Old Town Road and Gin Lane. Access to this beach requires a parking permit from May 15th to September 15th. There are no lifeguards on this beach, and porta potties are located in the parking lot during the summertime. There is also a 4x4 access spot. Be mindful – if the drainpipe from Old Town Pond is open and flowing to the ocean, the beach is closed!

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

Southampton: Old Town Beach 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, 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

Southampton: Old Town Beach

South Hampton, 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:   

Best recognized by the tall wooden surfboard mounted on a pole half way to the water, Old Town Beach is one of the Southampton Village beaches. Old Town Beach is located at the intersection of Old Town Road and Gin Lane. Access to this beach requires a parking permit from May 15th to September 15th. There are no lifeguards on this beach, and porta potties are located in the parking lot during the summertime. There is also a 4x4 access spot. Be mindful – if the drainpipe from Old Town Pond is open and flowing to the ocean, the beach is closed!

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Southampton: Old Town Beach 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, 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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