‘Legacy pollutants’ cleaned out of Kershaw beach

Posted at: 03/06/2013 10:15 PM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 11:16 PM
By: Julie Sherwood, Messenger Post

Some 5,000 tons of material dating back to the 1920s was uncovered and cleaned out of Kershaw Beach, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Manager Kevin Olvany told a crowd of about 50 Wednesday.

At a meeting at the Hurley Building on Saltonstall Street updating the community on the beach cleanup, Olvany said the material found and properly disposed of at the Ontario County landfill included remnants of barrels that left pockets of oil from Model T cars.

 The beach closed in July — months ahead of its normal Labor Day weekend closing — after a substance described as “black goo” was found in the swimming area. The cleanup began Oct. 16.

 Digging down to the original clay layer of the beach bottom, Olvany reported the beach and an established surrounding area has now been thoroughly cleaned and restored. The beach is expected to open by Memorial Day, pending a formal signing off on the project by the state Department of Health. Monitoring wells will be used to ensure beach quality.

“The DOH is confident but we need it in writing,” Olvany said.
 Those attending the meeting included members of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council and state Department of Environmental Conservation.