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Health Advisory for Riviera Beach

By Public Health Communications

September 07, 2017

Riviera Beach, FL - Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has posted a HEALTH ADVISORY for RIVIERA BEACH after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water putting these four beaches in the POOR range.

Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational usage, high surf from high winds and high tides or runoff following heavy rains. The DOH-Palm Beach always encourages rinsing with fresh water after swimming in any natural body of water.

Health department staff samples the beach waters at 13 locations from Boca Raton to Jupiter for enterococci as recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA. The samples are laboratory tested for concentrations and a value assigned to indicate poor, moderate or good ranges.

Beach water quality for Palm Beach County and throughout the state can be found at www.flhealthpalmbeach.org and click on “beach water quality”.

*A Poor rating may result in a resampling event to confirm poor conditions; otherwise a Health Advisory will be issued immediately. These indicate that contact with the water at this site may pose increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals

Beach Action Values (BAV) Enterococcus Results Description

Date of Sample 09-05-2017

Site Name City

Fecal
Coliform

Enterococci Enteroc
Geo
Mean
Water
Quality
Status
1 Dubois Park Jupiter 30 Good Satisfactory
2 Jupiter Beach Park Jupiter <10 Good Satisfactory
3 Carlin Park Jupiter 30 Good Satisfactory
4 Riviera Beach Riviera Bch 160 Poor Advisory
5 Phil Foster Riviera Bch 10 Good Satisfactory
7 Palm Beach Palm Beach <10 Good Satisfactory
8 Lake Worth- Kreusler Lake Worth <10 Good Satisfactory
9 Ocean Inlet Park Ocean Ridge <10 Good Satisfactory
10 Boynton Beach Ocean Ridge <10 Good Satisfactory
12 Sandoway-Delray Bch Delray Bch 10 Good Satisfactory
13 Spanish River Boca Raton <10 Good Satisfactory
14 South Inlet Park Boca Raton 40 Moderate Satisfactory
15 Lantana Beach Lantana <10 Good Satisfactory

United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended criteria for enterococci is:

Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water, Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water

Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water

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