17 Jersey Shore beaches under bacterial advisories; 5 closed

Runoff from recent rains are likely to blame.

Eric Walter
August 15, 2018 - 12:05 pm
Seagull on post at New Jersey Shore

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There are 17 Jersey Shore beaches under health advisories, and at risk of closing, because of high bacteria levels in the water.

Officials with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday that water samples from beaches in Cape May, Ocean, Atlantic and Monmouth counties failed their quality standard. 

Five additional Monmouth County beaches were closed on Tuesday.

Offiicials said that the area's recent heavy rains have carried pollutants from streets, rooftops, and sewers into streams, which flowed into rivers, which empired out into the ocean.

The samples tested high for Enterococci, a bacteria found in animal and human feces.

These 17 beaches are under advisory.

Atlantic County

  • Brigantine City, 26th Street

  • Somers Point City, New Jersey Avenue

Cape May County

  • Upper Township, Beesley's Point Beach

Monmouth County

  • Bradley Beach Borough, Ocean Park

  • Loch Arbour Village, Village Beach Club

  • Sea Girt Borough, Baltimore

  • Spring Lake Borough, Essex Avenue

Ocean County

  • Long Beach Township, New Jersey

  • Ocean Gate Borough, Anglesea

  • Ocean Gate Borough, Wildwood

  • Pine Beach Borough, East Beach Station Avenue

  • Pine Beach Borough, West Beach Avon Road

  • Point Pleasant Beach Borough, Central

  • Point Pleasant Beach Borough, Maryland

  • Seaside Heights Borough, Hancock

  • Seaside Heights Borough, Lincoln Avenue

  • Seaside Heights Borough, Sheridan

These five Monmouth County beaches have been closed.

  • Belmar Borough, L Street Beach
  • Sea Girt Borough, Beacon Boulevard
  • Sea Girt Borough, The Terrace
  • Spring Lake Borough, York Avenue
  • Spring Lake Borough, Brown Avenue South

The state's Sanitary Code requires that bacterial concentration must not exceed 104 colonies per 100 milliliters of water. 

If any one sample shows that the limt has been exceeded, the state requires the local health agency to issue a swimming advisory at the site of sampling. If two consecutives show excessive levels of bacteria, the state requires that the beaches be closed altogether. 

The closings will remain in effect until new samples indicate that bacteria levels have dropped below the threshhold of danger.