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Tiburon beaches reopen as bacteria test comes back clean

Three Tiburon beaches from Blackie’s Pasture to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center have reopened for the first time in 2½ months after the second of two consecutive water tests came up clean last week for a dangerous gut bacteria. Marin County Environmental Health Specialist David Smail on Aug. 2 confirmed the results of the July 29 test, saying he had notified Richardson Bay Audubon and informed the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin it could remove closure signs at Blackie’s Pasture beach and Greenwood Cove beach. Those beaches have been closed since May 17, when a pipe break on Greenwood Beach Road sent some 670 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain that empties into Richardson Bay. The closure was extended to Lani’s Beach at the Audubon Center in early July, impacting its summer camps.

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