Health advisory still in effect for Blue Mountain Beach

August 29, 2019

Aug. 29, 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                     24                              Good
SP-3                              Dune Allen Beach               20                              Good
SP-4                              Blue Mountain Beach        100                              Poor
SP-5                              Grayton Beach                        8                              Good
SP-7                              Holly Street Beach               68                              Moderate
SP-8                              Eastern Lake Beach             28                              Good
SP-9                              Inlet Beach Access              56                              Moderate
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
The Health Advisory for the Blue Mountain Beach access is still in effect. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.