OKALOOSA COUNTY SALTWATER BEACH MONITORING RESULTS FOR August 12, 2019 Health advisory issued for Liza Jackson Park, Garniers Park, Wayside Park, Rocky Bayou State Park, and Emerald Promenade
August 14, 2019
Ft. Walton Beach, Fla– The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (Okaloosa CHD) conducts 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 Liza Jackson Park and Garniers Park of Fort Walton Beach, Wayside Park and Emerald Promenade of Okaloosa Island, and Rocky Bayou State Park of Niceville. 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 Okaloosa CHD 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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