The Village of Mamaroneck has made strides in cleaning up the waters of Mamaroneck Sound.
That is a conclusion drawn by the Westchester County Department of Health in an email sent Thursday to Village Manager Richard Slingerland.
"Whatever you guys have been doing, keep it up," Public Health Sanitarian Mark J. Boda wrote. "[L]ooks good."
Boda had sent the village results of recent samples for various Harbor Island locations, Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, Orienta Beach Club, Beach Point Club, Shore Acres, Mamaroneck River mouth and Barry Avenue Bridge.
The health department was testing for the bacteria enterococcus, which is found in fecal matter.
Slingerland said the improvement was the result of a broad-based team and community effort.
"And all involved who helped are to be thanked for their assistance," he said.
A force-main lateral break that was discovered by Save the Sound and allowed the discharge of sewage by Shore Acres Beach was repaired Wednesday, Slingerland said, and more improvements should be seen. He did say, though, that a permanent replacement, due to the age and condition of the line, still should be made.
Also a homeowner in the Halstead Avenue area that did not have a septic system and allowed raw sewage to be discharged into the rivers around the confluence of the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers has been given an order to cure, which, when complete, will also allow for improvement.
(Photo caption: Harbor Island Park, Thursday, August 15, 2013. Credit: Michael Woyton.)