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WALTON COUNTY BI-WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS ~Advisory for Grayton Beach Lifted ~

By Patricia Roberts

September 23, 2021

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 sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of September. 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-5

Grayton Beach

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

The advisory for the Grayton Beach access has 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

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