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WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS ~No Advisories Issued for This Sampling Period ~

By Crystal Steele

September 24, 2020

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

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-0 Grady Brown Park Closed due to
Hurricane
SP-1 Miramar Beach 10 Good
SP-3 Dune Allen Beach 10 Good
SP-4 Blue Mountain Beach 10 Good
SP-5 Grayton Beach 41 Moderate
SP-7 Holly Street Beach Closed due to
Hurricane
SP-8 Eastern Lake Beach 20 Good
SP-9 Inlet Beach Access 10 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 issued for the Miramar Beach, Dune Allen Beach, Blue Mountain Beach,Grayton Beach, Eastern Lake Beach, and Inlet Beach Accesses have been lifted.
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
https://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html
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