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

A health advisory was issued Tuesday for Blue Mountain Beach, Dune Allen Beach, Grayton Beach, Holly Street Beach, Eastern Lake Beach and Inlet Beach Access, based on the enterococci standard recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, a DOH news release said.

The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria 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.

The bacteria may cause disease, infections or rashes to people in the water, the release said.

The results of all seven sites are as follows:


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