It's a hot day, and you're itching to cool off at the beach... but what if your local beach is closed? Last summer, there were more than 1,000 incidents of beach closures over 500 salt water beaches, despite Massachusetts having some of the cleanest urban beaches in the country. This year, more closures are appearing every week, especially following heavy rains.
Today, WBUR Senior Reporter Ally Jarmanning joins The Common to walk us through the major factors contributing to public beach closures, and why limited beach access can raise concerns around equity.
Find a full list of current public beach closures in Massachusetts here.