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Walton County Weekly Beach Sampling Results

By Crystal Steele

November 06, 2018

 

 

 

November 6, 2018
WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH
SAMPLING RESULTS
~No Advisories 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-4

Blue Mountain Beach

60

Moderate

SP-8

Eastern Lake Beach

36

Moderate

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 Healthy Advisories issued for Blue Mountain Beach and Eastern Lake 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
http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html
About the Florida Department of Health
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