Health advisory issued for Blue Mountain Beach

April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019 – Walton County – The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of 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 storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems and whether future beach monitoring efforts are necessary.

Site                              Name                             Enterococci                      Water Quality
SP-1                              Miramar Beach                  12                                   Good
SP-3                              Dune Allen Beach              68                                 Moderate
SP-4                             Blue Mountain Beach         120                                 Poor
SP-5                             Grayton Beach                    32                                   Good
SP-7                             Holly Street Beach              16                                   Good
SP-8                             Eastern Lake Beach            52                                 Moderate
SP-9                             Inlet Beach Access              16                                   Good

Water quality classifications are based upon United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended criteria and Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories:
Good = 0 – 35 Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine
Moderate = 36 – 70 Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water

A Health Advisory has been issued for Blue Mountain Beach access based on the enterococci standard recommended by the EPA. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.
If you should have any questions, please contact DOH-Walton at (850) 892-8021 or visit the Florida Department of Health’s Beach Water Quality website