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Healthy Beach Report

By Crystal Steele

August 08, 2019

August 8, 219

WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS
~No 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

52

Moderate

SP-3

Dune Allen Beach

28

Good

SP-4

Blue Mountain Beach

68

Moderate

SP-5

Grayton Beach

56

Moderate

SP-7

Holly Street Beach

68

Moderate

SP-8

Eastern Lake Beach

64

Moderate

SP-9

Inlet Beach Access

52

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 advisories for the Blue Mountain Beach access and the Inlet Beach access 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

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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