NICEVILLE — A health advisory has been issued for Rocky Bayou State Park after a high amount of enteric bacteria, an indication of fecal pollution, was found.

The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tracts 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.

The health advisories are based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards for enteric bacteria. This is considered a potential health risk to the public.

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County 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.

For more information, contact the DOH-Okaloosa County at 833-9247 or 689-7859.