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Okaloosa County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results for October 2, 2017

By Ryan E. Mims

October 04, 2017

OKALOOSA COUNTY SALTWATER BEACH MONITORING RESULTS FOR October 2, 2017

Health advisories issued for Marler Park, Lincoln Park, Henderson Park, James Lee Park, Emerald Promenade, and Clement E. Taylor Park

 

Contact: Ryan Mims
HealthyOkaloosaPIO@flhealth.gov
Media Line: 850-344-0580

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.

 

Health advisories are issued for Emerald Promenade and Marler Park of Okaloosa Island, Henderson Park, James Lee Park, and Clement E. Taylor Park of Destin, and Lincoln Park of Valparaiso. 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 www.HealthyOkaloosa.com 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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