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WALTON COUNTY BI-WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS ~ No Advisories Issued for This Sampling Period ~

By Crystal Steele

April 13, 2022

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        10 Good
SP-1    Miramar Beach            10 Good
SP-3    Dune Allen Beach        10 Good
SP-4    Blue Mountain Beach   10 Good
SP-5    Grayton Beach            10 Good
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

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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