SANTA ROSA BEACH — The water at two South Walton County beaches is a potential health risk, according to the Florida Department of Health in Walton County.

A health advisory was issued Wednesday for Blue Mountain Beach and Dune Allen Beach, based on the enterococci standard recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, a DOH news release said.

The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The fecal pollution can come from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage, according to the release.

When in the water the bacteria may cause disease, infections or rashes, the release said.

DOH tests the water at seven sites in Walton County through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program weekly. The next results will be available June 19.

The results of all seven sites are as follows:


Blue Mountain Beach: poor
Dune Allen Beach: poor
Miramar Beach: moderate
Grayton Beach: good
Eastern Lake Beach: good
Inlet Beach Access: good
Holly Street Beach: good