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Posted on: July 11, 2018

WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) 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

60

Moderate

SP-3

Dune Allen Beach

52

Moderate

SP-4

Blue Mountain Beach

4

Good

SP-5

Grayton Beach

4

Good

SP-7

Holly Street Beach

20

Good

SP-8

Eastern Lake Beach

4

Good

SP-9

Inlet Beach Access

36

Moderate


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 CFU per 100 ml of marine
Moderate = 36 - 70 Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water


The Heath Advisory for Grayton Beach has been lifted.


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

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