Four parks receive advisories for hazardous water

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Four Okaloosa County parks may have potentially hazardous bathing water, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County stated this week.

Advisories have been issued for Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach; Poquito Park, Shalimar; Lincoln Park, Valparaiso; and Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville. These areas present potential health risks to the bathing public.

The department tests weekly for enterococci, which indicates fecal pollution and comes from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage. Ratings are based on EPA standards.

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