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MARTIN COUNTY BACTERIA LEVELS ELEVATED

By Renay Rouse

November 24, 2021

A bacteria advisory is in effect for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge
and Leighton Park in Palm City after results from water samples taken on Monday 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, November 29.

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