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Bay County Health Department Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program Results

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The Bay County Health Department, Bay CHD, conducts saltwater beach water quality monitoring in accordance with the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. New funding now allows weekly water sampling between March and October. The samples are checked for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria can be an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. Poor results are posted as an “Advisory” at the affected beaches. Advisories have been issued for the Bid-A-Wee Beach (SP 4) location across from Argonaut Road, Panama City Beach, the Carl Gray Park (SP 9) location on Collegiate Drive in Panama City, and the Dupont Bridge (SP 11) location at the end of Oakshore Drive, Panama City.