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Healthy Beach Report

By Crystal Steele

September 25, 2019

September 25, 2019

 

WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS

~ No Advisories Issued for This Sampling Period ~

 

Contact:

Crystal Steele 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

16

Good

SP-3

Dune Allen Beach

40

Moderate

SP-4

Blue Mountain Beach

8

Good

SP-5

Grayton Beach

4

Good

SP-7

Holly Street Beach

4

Good

SP-8

Eastern Lake Beach

4

Good

SP-9

Inlet Beach Access

16

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
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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