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Martin County Bacteria Levels Elevated - Residents urged to avoid contact with waters near the Roosevelt Bridge, Old Palm City Bridge at Leighton Park, Sandsprit Parkand the Stuart Sandbar

By Renay Rouse

June 11, 2020

A bacteria advisory remains effect for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge, the Old Palm City Bridge at Leighton Park and Sandsprit Park. The Stuart Sandbar was added to the advisory when results from water samples taken on Wednesday showed higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria.

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 will remain in effect at these locations until results show consistent readings in the good range. The areas will be re-tested again on Monday, June 15.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified of the rise in bacteria levels for review and follow-up.

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