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Florida Department of Health in Bay County Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program

May 23, 2017

Florida Department of Health in Bay County Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program 

Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County conducts saltwater beach water quality monitoring in accordance with the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are collected twice a month between March and October. The samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and 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.  Poor results are posted as an “Advisory” at the affected beaches and those beaches are re-sampled the following week.

The advisory for the Beckrich Road (SP5) location has been rescinded. There are no advisories in effect.

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at 850-481-4806, or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website (http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/beach-water-quality/index.html).

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