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Okaloosa Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results for March 6, 2017

By Ryan E. Mims

March 08, 2017


Contact: Ryan Mims  
850-833-9240 ext. 2162
Ft. Walton Beach, Fla– The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) conducts bi-weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 11 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 and which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.

Site Name City Water Quality
SP-1 Liza Jackson Park Ft. Walton Beach Poor
SP-2 Garniers Park Ft. Walton Beach Good
SP-3 Marler Park Okaloosa Island Good

Wayside Park

(Gulf Site)

Okaloosa Island Good
SP-5 Poquito Park Shalimar Good
SP-8 Lincoln Park Valparaiso Good

Henderson Beach

(Gulf Site)

Destin Good
SP-10 Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Niceville Good

James Lee Park

(Gulf Site)

Destin Good

Emerald Promenade

(Gulf Site)

Okaloosa Island Good
SP-14 Clement E Taylor Park Destin Good

The following water quality classifications are used by the Florida Department of Health and are based upon the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended standard for enterococci. The classification standard is as follows:
GOOD: 0-35 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters (ml) of marine water
MODERATE: 36-70 CFU per 100 ml of marine water
POOR: greater than 70 CFU per 100 ml of marine water
Health advisories are issued for sampling locations classified as POOR based on the EPA’s recommendation standards for enterococci. An advisory has been issued for Liza Jackson Park of Fort Walton Beach. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.
If you have questions, contact the DOH-Okaloosa County at (850) 833-9247 or (850) 689-7859.  You can also visit and click the “Healthy Beaches” link to be taken to a list of Okaloosa County’s Healthy Beaches sites and map.
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