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Weekly Beach Sampling Results

By Crystal Steele

August 04, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact: Crystal Steele
August 4, 2015                                                                                                          850-892-8021, Ext 1139


 No Advisories Issued for This Sampling Period


The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October. The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems and whether future beach monitoring efforts are necessary.

Site                              Name                            Enterococci      Water Quality

SP-1                         Miramar Beach                              4                      Good
SP-3                      Dune Allen Beach                            4                      Good
SP-4                    Blue Mountain Beach                         4                      Good
SP-5                         Grayton Beach                             12                      Good
SP-7                      Holly Street Beach                            4                      Good
SP-8                     Eastern Lake Beach                          4                      Good
SP-9                      Inlet Beach Access                           4                      Good

Water quality classifications are based upon United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended criteria and Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories:

Good = 0 - 35 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine

Moderate = 36 - 104 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water

Poor = greater than 105 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water

If you should have any questions, please contact DOH-Walton at (850) 892-8021 or visit the Florida Department of Health’s Beach Water Quality website