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Healthy Beaches Report 06-08-16

By Crystal Steele

June 08, 2016

                      June 8, 2016

WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS
~Four Advisories Issued for This Sampling Period~

Contact:
Crystal Steele
Crystal.Steele@flhealth.gov
850-892-8021 Ext. 1139

Walton County – 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

76

Poor

SP-3

Dune Allen Beach

84

Poor

SP-4

Blue Mountain Beach

116

Poor

SP-5

Grayton Beach

92

Poor

SP-7

Holly Street Beach

60

Moderate

SP-8

Eastern Lake Beach

36

Moderate

SP-9

Inlet Beach Access

16

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 CFU per 100 ml of marine

Moderate = 36 - 70 Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water

Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water

Health Advisories has been issued for the Miramar Beach Access, Dune Allen Beach Access, Blue Mountain Beach Access and Grayton Beach Access based on the enterococci standard recommended by the EPA.  This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public. 

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 www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/beach-water-quality/index.html.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. 

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