Red flags signifying that the water is not safe to swim in fly at King's Beach in Swampscott and Lynn. (Spenser Hasak)
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After years, Lynn and Swampscott still struggling to clean up King’s Beach

SWAMPSCOTT — King's Beach has been the source of consternation for decades, as Swampscott and Lynn residents who hope to utilize their local outdoor spaces are thwarted by twin stormwater outfalls contaminated by sewage.

An annual water-quality report card for 2020 released by environmental organization Save the Harbor/Save the Bay on July 4 showed that the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)-owned beach was safe for swimming on only 70 percent of the days in which it was tested for bacteria, the lowest score in the area.

"King's Beach has such a specific problem, and it's so blatant and obvious. You have almost a mile of public swimming beach that is unusable a lot of the time," said Save the Harbor Executive Director Chris Mancini,…

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