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Healthy Beach Report

By Crystal Steele

October 18, 2018

 

 

 

 

October 17, 2018
WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH
SAMPLING RESULTS
~One Advisory Issued for This Sampling Period~
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-1

Miramar Beach

36

Moderate

SP-3

Dune Allen Beach

32

Good

SP-4

Blue Mountain Beach

4

Good

SP-5

Grayton Beach

300

Poor

SP-7

Holly Street Beach

28

Good

SP-8

Eastern Lake Beach

20

Good

SP-9

Inlet Beach Access

12

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
The Heathy Advisories for Dune Allen Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Holly Street Beach,
Eastern Lake Beach and Inlet Beach accesses have been lifted. Grayton Beach access is still
under a Health Advisory 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
http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html

About the Florida Department of Health

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