Two Florida Beaches Fail Water Quality Tests

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May 15, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Florida Department of Public Health has issued advisories for Garniers Park in Fort Walton Beach and Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville. These parks present potential health risks following water quality tests, the Crestview News Bulletin reported.

The department conducts weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 13 sites. Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria, which indicates fecal pollution.

Water quality classifications are based on United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

Complete results are as follows:

Site Location, Result and Rating

  • Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach, Pass, Good
  • Garniers Park, Fort Walton Beach, Fail, Poor
  • Marler Park, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Good
  • Wayside Park, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Good
  • Poquito Park, Shalimar, Pass, Good
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Good
  • East Pass, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Good
  • Lincoln Park, Valparaiso, Pass, Good
  • Henderson Beach, Destin, Pass, Good
  • Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, Fail, Poor
  • James Lee Park, Destin, Pass, Good
  • Emerald Promenade, Okaloosa Island, Pass, Good
  • Clement E. Taylor Park, Destin, Pass, Good
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