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HEALTH ADVISORY - Carlin Park, Riviera Beach, Phil Foster, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Municipal and Lake Worth-Kreusler Tested Poor

By Alexander Shaw

November 09, 2021

Contact: 561-671-4014

Communications Office

Chd50Contactus@flhealth.gov

Palm Beach County, FL - Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has ISSUED A HEALTH ADVISORY for Carlin Park, Riviera Beach, Phil Foster, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Municipal and Lake Worth-Kreusler after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be more than 71 colonies per milliliter of marine water putting it in the poor range.

Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but heavy rains, high surf, and heavy traffic can contribute. Generally poor ratings are 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 http://palmbeach.floridahealth.gov 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 11-8-2021

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

41

Moderate

Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

10

Good

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

97

Poor

Advisory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

1,043

Poor

Advisory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

1,723

Poor

Advisory

7

Palm Beach Municipal

Palm Beach

235

Poor

Advisory

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake Worth

134

Poor

Advisory

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

52

Moderate

Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

359

Poor

Advisory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

41

Moderate

Satisfactory

13

Spanish River

Boca Raton

20

Good

Satisfactory

14

South Inlet Park

Boca Raton

<10

Good

Satisfactory

15

Lantana Beach

Lantana

Closed

 

 

UnitedStates 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 36 or greater enterococci per 100ml of marine water as a geometric mean over a five-week period.

An Advisory is issued for a beach that samples in the “Poor” range of the EPA standards. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.