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Advisory Issued for Miramar Beach

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WALTON COUNTY - The Florida Department of Health in Walton County conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven 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, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes.  The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.  The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems and whether future beach monitoring efforts are necessary. 

Site

Name

Enterococci

Water Quality

SP-1

Miramar Beach

188

Poor

SP-3

Dune Allen Beach

4

Good

SP-5

Grayton Beach

12

Good

Water quality classifications are based upon United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) recommended criteria and Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories:

Good = 0 - 35 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine

Moderate = 36 - 104 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water

Poor = greater than 105 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water

A Health Advisory has been issued for the Miramar Beach Access based on the enterococci standard recommended by the EPA.  This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.

The Health Advisories issued for Dune Allen Beach and Grayton Beach have been lifted.

If you should have any questions, please contact the FDOH in Walton County at (850) 892-8021, or visit the Department of Health's Beach Water Quality website www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/beach-water-quality/index.html.

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The above was released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health in Walton County.

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