Sandy has had a huge impact on our region. In a recent New York Times article we learned that damage to some wastewater treatment plants in New Jersey and New York caused raw sewage to flow into our waterways.  In our area, the Middlesex County Utility Authority plant in Sayreville, N.J., let millions of gallons of raw sewage flow into Raritan Bay for nearly a week before their power was restored.  The Environmental Protection Agency has detected dangerous levels of fecal coliform, a bacteria associated with human waste, in the bay and has urged people to avoid contact with the water.  This contamination could easily move out along the coastline and impact surfing areas in Northern Monmouth County and points south.  Below is a link to the full article, as well as links to report an illness caused by exposure to the water.

Full Articlehttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/nyregion/sewage-flows-after-hurricane-sandy-exposing-flaws-in-system.html

Ocean Illness Report if you are surfing In New Jersey:

https://jerseyshore.surfrider.org/sick-surfer/

Ocean Illness Report if you are outside the Jersey Shore Chapter’s Region:

http://sickatthebeach.crowdmap.com/