High Bacteria Count Closes Seaside Heights Beaches for Thursday

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Seagulls stand on the beach in Seaside Heights New Jersey

SEASIDE HEIGHTS-Beaches in Seaside Heights will be closed today due to high bacteria counts in the water, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

High counts of bacterial were also found in Pine Beach, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Belmar and Brigantine.

According to the DOH, “Beaches are closed if two consecutive samples collected at a bathing beach exceed the state standard. Beach closings remain in effect until subsequent sampling indicates bacteria levels are again below the standard.”

Each week recreational beach water quality monitoring is performed at approximately 180 ocean and 35 bay monitoring stations along the coast of New Jersey. Samples are analyzed for the presence of Enterococci, a type of bacteria found in animal and human waste that is an indicator of possible contamination of bathing waters.

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Beaches are closed if two consecutive samples collected at a bathing beach exceed the state standard. Beach closings remain in effect until subsequent sampling indicates bacteria levels are again below the standard. The closure applies to water activities like swimming, wading, and playing in the water. Other beach related activities like sunbathing and walking on the beach are unaffected.

Health authorities may close beaches at any time for any reason as a precaution in order to protect public health. Precautionary beach closings can be caused by wash-ups of debris or trash or household medical products, breaks or spills to sewer lines that may discharge to a bathing beach, extraordinary weather events, or any other condition that may affect public health. If a health authority closes a beach due to a wash-up of debris, they may limit all access to the beaches, if needed, to protect public health.

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