A.C., Ocean City Beaches Among 31 Flagged by N.J. DEP
Elevated bacteria levels have prompted the Department of Environmental Protection to close three New Jersey beaches and issue a water quality advisory at 31 others.
The N.J. DEP closed Beachwood Beach West, Summit Beach and West Beach in Toms River. Advisories are issued at more than two dozen beaches stretching from Monmouth to Cape May counties, including at beaches in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties.
The warnings follow heavy rain that could have caused pollution runoff to flow into streams feeding into rivers and bays.
The N.J. State Sanitary Code maintains that concentrations of bacteria should not exceed 104 colonies of Enterococci, an indicator of possible contamination within bathing waters, per 100 milliliters of sample. Beach advisories are issued when initial samples exceed the state standard, while closures are issued when two consecutive bacteria samples exceed the state standard.
The N.J. DEP has issued advisories for the following beaches:
Somers Point City
New Jersey Ave
|Atlantic||Ventnor City||Austin Ave|
|Atlantic||Ventnor City||New Haven|
|Atlantic||Atlantic City||Montgomery Ave|
|Atlantic||Atlantic City||Annapolis Ave|
|Atlantic||Atlantic City||North Carolina|
|Cape May||North Wildwood City||2nd & JFK|
|Cape May||Ocean City||North|
|Cape May||Ocean City||Surf|
|Cape May||Ocean City||Park|
|Monmouth||Deal Borough||Hathaway Avenue Beach|
|Monmouth||Deal Borough||Philips Ave|
|Monmouth||Highlands Borough||Miller Beach|
|Monmouth||Long Branch City||South Bath|
|Monmouth||Long Branch City||North Bath|
|Monmouth||Sea Bright Borough||Rumson Rd|
|Monmouth||Sea Girt Borough||New York Blvd|
|Monmouth||Spring Lake Borough||York Ave|
|Ocean||Ocean Gate Borough||Wildwood|
|Ocean||Point Pleasant Beach Borough||Maryland|
|Ocean||Point Pleasant Borough||River|
|Ocean||Toms River Township||4th Ave|
|Ocean||Toms River Township||North Beach|
Follow @ClaireSasko on Twitter.