Page 2 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2022 ASNGELO’ FULL SERVICE Regular Unleaded $3.999 Mid Unleaded $4.409 Super $4.899 Diesel Fuel $4.739 44 Years of Excellence!! 1978-2022 KERO $8.99 DEF $4.75 9 DYED ULS $4.249 9 HEATING OIL 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN A  A Hours: Mon. - Wed. 6AM - 6PM / Thurs. & Fri. 6AM - 7PM / Sat. 7AM - 5PM / Sun. 9AM-1PM Like us on Facebook advocate newspaper Facebook.com/Advocate.news.ma OUR OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 519 BROADWAY, EVERETT SABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY 519 BROADWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 PHONE: (617) 387-7466 FAX: (617) 381-9186 Visit us online at: Rocco Longo, Owner WWW.SABATINO-INS.COM These are water quality posting accuracy results for the Boston Metropolitan Region’s 15 public beaches from the 2020 and 2021 beach seasons. O n July 28, 2022, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay issued a midsummer special report on beach posting and flagging accuracy on the Bay State’s ocean beaches owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Based on their review of 1,500 data points from 15 beaches from 2016-2021, the accuracy of postings required by the Department of Public Health (DPH) on the Metropolitan Region’s public beaches ranged from a low of 0% to a maximum of 46%. Though the midsummer report focused on the Metropolitan Region’s public beaches, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s analysis suggests that this is a statewide problem aff ecting nearly every ocean beach in Massachusetts. “It appears as if you would be better off fl ipping a coin than believing a red fl ag on our ocean beaches,” said Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay’s Executive Director, Chris Mancini. “The results are not surprising, but they are very disappointing. For example, half-way through the summer, 100% of the required postings and corresponding red fl ags on Constitution Beach in East Boston have been wrong, while fl agging accuracy at Short Beach in Revere was 0% in 2021.” For this interim report, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s policy staff examined the 2022 data posted on the water quality locator website of the DPH, as well as data from G&L Labs, which facilitates testing and posting for the Department of Conservation & Recreation. Though the midsummer special study focused on Constitution Beach in East Boston, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay also looked at all the testing, posting and fl agging data from 15 Boston area beaches from Nahant to Nantasket from 2016 to 2021. Based on their preliminary analysis of more than 1,500 data points, on average 80% of the postings and corresponding red fl ags have been wrong. Though the DPH recently called the postings “near real time,” under the current posting protocol for the Metropolitan Beaches, and most of the Commonwealth’s other ocean beaches, results are posted at least a full day after the samples are taken, so they are always at least 24 hours old and out of date. This situation is made worse by the fact that the information on the DPH’s water quality website (maintained by their Bureau of Environmental Health) is still only available in English, and the FAQs and website have not been updated since 2001, despite repeated requests. BEACH | SEE Page 7 Flagging accuracy at Short Beach in Revere averaged 0% for the 2021 beach season Prices subject to change Ask about our Heating Oil Conditioner! FLEET

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