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Okaloosa County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results for April 17, 2017

By Ryan E. Mims

April 20, 2017

Okaloosa County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results for April 17, 2017 

Health advisory issued for Emerald Promenade




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.



A health advisory is issued for Emerald Promenade of Okaloosa Island. The health advisory is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards for enterococci. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.


If you have questions, contact the DOH-Okaloosa 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, sampling results and maps.


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