Routine water sampling at Puffer’s Pond during the week of June 24th revealed higher than normal levels of E.coli bacteria at the main beach. This is not an uncommon occurrence at many similar ponds in our region this time of year and is likely due to recent heavy rains and runoff. Out of an abundance of caution the Town is recommending that people do not swim at both beaches until further notice.
We are following all precautions provided by the Amherst Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We will sample again on Monday, July 1st. Until the results are back in, both beaches will remain closed for swimming.
Notices are posted at the both beaches in prominent locations. Updates will be provided via the Amherst Town website, www.amherstma.gov, in the News & Announcements section, Town of Amherst social media channels and posted notices at the beach.
For Immediate Release: June 26, 2019, Updated June 28, 2019
Contact: David Ziomek, Assistant Town Manager, 413-259-3002