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Monitoring

Many local governments monitor their beaches for physical hazards and sources of contamination. beach water samples are collected during the bathing season to monitor the quality of the water and compare the results with the "Guidelines for Recreational Quality". We recommend that beach operators have a Beach Safety Plan in place so they can respond quickly to extreme weather events and other problems. This an include posting warning signs if beach conditions are unsatisfactory. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Advisories

Find current beach advisories.

Sampling

Water samples are tested for E. coli bacteria as this bacteria is commonly found in feces of warm blooded animals (including humans) and consuming this bacteria may cause illness.

Find current beach samples (last 30 days).

Satisfactory: Samples taken over a 30-day period contain an average of LESS THAN or EQUAL TO 200 E. coli bacteria/100ml.

Unsatisfactory: Samples taken over a 30-day period contain an average of MORE THAN 200 E. coli bacteria/100ml, and/or a series of single sample results EXCEED 400 E. coli bacteria/100ml.

Note: if a beach is not listed, it means the beach is not routinely sampled.

Resources

Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Blooms

 

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