CRESTVIEW — The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has issued a health advisory for a county beach.
A health advisory is issued for Liza Jackson Park of Fort Walton Beach. The health advisory is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards for enterococci. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.
The FDOH conducts bi-weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 11 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 and which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.
Call 833-9247 or 689-7859 for more information on healthy beaches. Visit www.HealthyOkaloosa.com and click the Healthy Beaches link for sampling results and maps.
The FDOH, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.