Liquid mystery: Fluctuating water quality tests stump experts

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 15:03 PM.

  Being proactive

Alan Ficarra, president of SWCC, supports the CBA monthly water sampling program by loaning his boat to the cause. Water quality, Ficarra said, is a concern with most of the SWCC board members.

"We support CBA by monitoring county rules, policy and development guidelines," he said. "We then make recommendations to the county and encourage them to adopt rules for developments that will support good water quality and responsible development."

While FDOH Walton County will not be sampling again until March, it's up to the residents to be as proactive as possible in keeping the water clean. CBA is always recruiting volunteers to help monitor and test water samples and suggests that residents pay attention to their surroundings.

"Some things we recommend are limiting fertilizer use, using natural vegetation in your landscaping, which also supports wildlife and needs less fertilizer," Schindele. "If you live on the water, leave a buffer of natural vegetation. Don't clear everything. Those plants do a good job of filtering water."

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MORE INFO: If you should have any questions, please contact the FDOH in Walton County at 892-8021, or visit the Department of Health’s Beach Water Quality website www.doh.state.fl.us and click on “Floridians and Visitors” under “Food, Water, Air, Land,” then choose “Beach Water Quality.”



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