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Health Advisory Lifted for the Stuart Sandbar

By Renay Rouse

November 22, 2017

The advisory for the Stuart Sandbar has been lifted following a series of samples showing bacterial levels have returned to the good range.

An advisory does remain in effect for Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Causeway.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution.  The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

The advisory for Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Causeway will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. The areas will be tested again on Monday, November 27.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar.

Martin County beach sites are sampled every other week.

River and beach water sample results can be viewed at:
http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-and-river-sampling/results/index.html