The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County reported the latest water quality results.


The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County reported the latest water quality results.



The department conducts weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 13 sites. Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria that inhabit humans and animals’s intestinal tract and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.



This bacteria’s presence indicates fecal pollution that may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.



Site ID  -  Location, Result, and Rating



SP-1  -  Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach, Fail, Poor



SP-2  -  Garniers Park, Fort Walton Beach, Fail, Poor



SP-3  -  Marler Park, Okaloosa Island , Pass, Moderate



SP-4  -  Wayside Park, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Good



SP-5  -  Poquito Park, Shalimar, Pass, Moderate



SP-6  -  Gulf Islands National Seashore, Okaloosa Island, Fail, Poor



SP-7  -  East Pass, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Moderate



SP-8  -  Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, Fail, Poor



SP-9  -  Henderson Beach, Destin, Pass, Good



SP-10  -  Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, Fail, Poor



SP-11  -  James Lee Park, Destin, Pass, Good



SP-13  -  Emerald Promenade, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Good



SP-14  -  Clement E. Taylor Park, Destin, Pass, Good



Water quality classifications are based on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standard for enterococci of greater than or equal to 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.



Advisories have been issued for Liza Jackson Park and Garniers Park of Fort Walton Beach; Gulf Island National Seashore of Okaloosa Island; Lincoln Park of Valparaiso; and Rocky Bayou State Park of Niceville based on the EPA’s recommended enterococci standards.



This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.