NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches has announced that East Beach has been closed to swimming today, Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

The New Bedford Fire Department along with other municipal and state agencies is currently investigating a potential oil sheen off of East Beach. East Beach will be closed until further notice from the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches.

The water at all New Bedford beaches is tested regularly and will be tested daily until acceptable water quality levels are obtained and swimming can resume at all sections. Further updates regarding openings and closures will be made as water quality results are received.

--City of New Bedford