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OKALOOSA COUNTY SALTWATER BEACH MONITORING RESULTS FOR October 29, 2018

By Katie Scott

October 31, 2018

October 31, 2018

OKALOOSA COUNTY SALTWATER BEACH MONITORING RESULTS FOR October 29, 2018

Health advisory issued for Wayside Park and Emerald Promenade

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 advisories are issued for Wayside Park and Emerald Promenade of Okaloosa Island. The health advisories are 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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