While beaches remain open, the official swimming season has concluded for 2023 since there are no lifeguards on duty and the weekly water sampling program has ended for this year.
The Beach telephone hotline 203-656-7323 provides up-to-date information regarding the status of our beaches during the summer months.
The Darien Health Department collects water samples at Pear Tree Point and Weed Beaches weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day and submits those samples to the Stamford Health Department Laboratory to be tested for the presence of bacteria that may cause illness. The purpose of the testing is to ensure that the water quality meets health safety standards for swimmers as established by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. In addition to water sampling, this department monitors rainfall amounts during the season and has an established protocol of notifying the Parks and Recreation Department to close the beaches for swimming whenever more than one inch of rain occurs in a 24-hour period. This policy is consistent with that of other shoreline communities and is considered to be a preemptive measure to protect public health since elevated bacteria levels are often observed after rainfall events.
- Advice to Swimmers (PDF)
- Ensuring Safe Water Quality at Darien Beaches (PDF)
- Goodwives River DNA Microbial Source Tracking Study (PDF) - Darien Health Director co-presented the findings at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Education Conference (NEHA AEC)
- Tanning and the Sunday (PDF)