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Walton County Weekly Beach Sampling

By Crystal Steele

October 29, 2019

October 29, 2019
Crystal Steele
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 2 Good
SP-3 Dune Allen Beach 2 Good
SP-4 Blue Mountain Beach 2 Good
SP-5 Grayton Beach 2 Good
SP-7 Holly Street Beach 2 Good
SP-8 Eastern Lake Beach 2 Good
SP-9 Inlet Beach Access 6 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
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
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