Mary Ellen Laurain
Health officials have re-opened 19 Long Island beaches that were closed on Saturday because of concerns about bacteria in the water after heavy rains.
Due to heavy rainfall, the Nassau County Department of Health has decided to close 19 beaches on Saturday for precautionary reasons. Storm water runoff can have a negative impact by elevating bacterial levels, the Nassau County Department of Health said, and can affect bathing water quality.
After one man died from West Nile Virus and a number of mosquitos tested positive for the virus, the Nassau County health department has decided to spray the pesticide Scourge.