According to a report from the Florida Department of Health Walton County, two beaches in Walton County and five in Okaloosa county had high levels of enterococci during recent water quality tests
SANTA ROSA BEACH — A health advisory has been issued for two beaches in Walton County and five in Okaloosa County after water quality tests revealed high amounts of fecal matter.
According to a report from the Florida Department of Health Walton County, Eastern Lake Beach and the Inlet Beach Access in Walton tested positive for high levels of enterococci, an enteric bacteria that normally inhabits the intestinal tracts of humans and animals.
In Okaloosa County, advisories were issued for Garniers Park of Fort Walton Beach, Poquito Park of Shalimar, Lincoln Park of Valparaiso, Rocky Bayou State Park of Niceville, and James Lee Park of Destin.
The health advisories are based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards for enterococci. As an indicator of fecal pollution, the bacteria can cause diseases, infections and rashes. Fecal pollution can be caused by storm water runoff, pets and wildlife and human sewage.
In Walton County, only two of the seven sites — Blue Mountain Beach and Grayton Beach — were reported to have low amounts of fecal pollution. Tests at Miramar, Dune Allen and Holly Street beaches revealed moderate amounts of enterococci, the report said.
In Okaloosa County, three of the 10 sites — Emerald Promenade, Henderson Beach and Marler Park — had good water quality.
Pollution levels were moderate at Liza Jackson Park and Wayside Park.