SANTA ROSA BEACH — All South Walton beaches have passed water quality testing and are safe for swimming, according to the Florida Department of Health in Walton County.
DOH-Walton conducts weekly saltwater beach water monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through 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 stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife and human sewage.
The purpose of the program is to determine whether coastal beach water quality problems exist and whether future beach monitoring efforts are necessary.
Blue Mountain Beach access and Dune Allen Beach access were flagged last week for enteric bacteria, but the most recent tests indicated acceptable levels.
The results of all seven sites are as follows:
Blue Mountain Beach: good
Dune Allen Beach: moderate
Miramar Beach: good
Grayton Beach: moderate
Eastern Lake Beach: good
Inlet Beach Access: good
Holly Street Beach: moderate