FORT WALTON BEACH — The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has announced water quality test results for local parks.
Four Okaloosa County parks have potentially hazardous bathing water, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County stated April 4.
Garniers Park, Fort Walton Beach; East Pass, Okaloosa Island; Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville; and Emerald Promenade, Okaloosa Island failed tests based on EPA-recommended enterococci standards. Enteric bacteria's presence indicates fecal pollution from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife or human sewage.
Parks with moderate instead of good water quality are Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach; Poquito Park, Shalimar; Henderson Beach, Destin; and James Lee Park, Destin.