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Walton County Bi-Weekly Beach Sampling Results - September 16, 2021

By Patricia Roberts

September 16, 2021

~One Advisory Issued for This Sampling Period ~

Crystal Steele

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-0 Grady Brown Park 30 Good
SP-1 Miramar Beach 10 Good
SP-3 Dune Allen Beach 10 Good
SP-4 Blue Mountain Beach 20 Good
SP-5 Grayton Beach 134 Poor
SP-8 Eastern Lake Beach 10 Good
SP-9 Inlet Beach Access 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

A Health Advisory has been issued for the Grayton Beach Access 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

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