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OKALOOSA COUNTY SALTWATER BEACH MONITORING RESULTS FOR October 15, 2018

By Katie Scott

October 31, 2018

October 17, 2018

OKALOOSA COUNTY SALTWATER BEACH MONITORING RESULTS FOR

October 15, 2018

Health advisory issued for Liza Jackson Park, Garniers Park, and Lincoln Park


Contact: Katie Scott, HealthyOkaloosaPIO@flhealth.gov                          850-344-0572
850-420-2198


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 advisory is issued for Liza Jackson Park and Garniers Park of Fort Walton Beach; 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 County 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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