The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has issued a health advisory for a local park.
Lincoln Park in Valparaiso was found to have unsafe levels of enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and 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, according to the Department of Health.
This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.
Water tests are conducted bi-weekly at 11 sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October.
If you have questions, contact the Okaloosa CHD at (850) 833-9247 or (850) 689-7859. You can also visit www.HealthyOkaloosa.com and click the “Healthy Beaches” link to be taken to a list of Okaloosa County’s Healthy Beaches sites, sampling results and maps.