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High Bacteria Counts Blamed for Shore Beach Closings

2 Ocean County beaches were closed and several others are being closely monitored for high levels of bacteria by the New Jersey Department of Environmental.

Beach at Beach Haven
Beach at Beach Haven (Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media NJ)

The likely culprit is runoff from recent heavy thunderstorms. New samples were taken on Tuesday by the NJDEP and results are expected to be posted today.

Avon Road, a river beach in Pine Beach and Beachwood Beach West, a river beach in Beachwood, were closed by the NJDEP on Tuesday.

According to the NJDEP website, samples are analyzed for the presence of Enterococci, a type of bacteria found in animal and human waste. The State Sanitary Code requires that the concentration of bacteria not exceed 104 Enterococci/100 mL of sample. Higher readings are may be harmful to human health.

When a sample exceeds the State standard, additional sampling is conducted and continues each day until the sample result is below 104 Enterococci/100 mL. If two consecutive samples exceed the standard, the bathing beach closes until sample results are below the standard.

The following beaches are being monitored for high bacteria levels:

25th Street, a bay beach in Barnegat Light Boro, Ocean County with 1120 CFU/100ml;

Beachwood Beach West, a river beach in Beachwood, Ocean County with 1070 CFU/100ml;

Berkeley Island, a river beach in Berkeley, Ocean County with 120 CFU/100ml;

Windward Beach, a river beach in Brick Twp, Ocean County with 270 CFU/100ml;

Summit Ave, a river beach in Island Heights, Ocean County with 210 CFU/100ml;

Reese Ave, a bay beach in Lavallette, Ocean County with 670 CFU/100ml;

Stockton Ave, a bay beach in Long Beach Twp, Ocean County with >600 CFU/100ml ;

New Jersey Beach, a bay beach in Long Beach Twp, Ocean County with >600 CFU/100ml;

Wildwood, a river beach in Ocean Gate Boro, Ocean County with 410 CFU/100ml ;

Anglesea, a river beach in Ocean Gate Boro, Ocean County with 320 CFU/100ml ;

W. Beach Avon Road, a river beach in Pine Beach, Ocean County with 460 CFU/100ml;

Maxson Ave, a river beach in Point Pleasant Boro, Ocean County with 260 CFU/100ml;

Hancock, a bay beach in Seaside Heights Boro, Ocean County with 940 CFU/100ml;

5th Ave, a river beach in Seaside Park Boro, Ocean County with 1740 CFU/100ml;

14th St, a bay beach in Ship Bottom Boro, Ocean County with 420 CFU/100ml;

Jennifer Lane, a river beach in Stafford, Ocean County with 160 CFU/100ml;

16th St in a bay beach in Surf City Boro, Ocean County with 330 CFU/100ml;

15th St, an ocean beach in Avalon, Cape May County with 178 CFU/100ml;

18th Ave, an ocean beach in North Wildwood City, Cape May County with 132 CFU/100ml;

10th St, an ocean beach in Ocean City, Cape May County with 288 CFU/100ml;

8th St, an ocean beach in Ocean City, Cape May County with 616 CFU/100ml;

9th St, an ocean beach in Ocean City, Cape May County with 336 CFU/100ml;

Schellenger, an ocean beach in Wildwood City, Cape May County with >120 CFU/100ml;

Arkansas, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with >240 CFU/100ml;

Georgia, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 424 CFU/100ml;

Illinois, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 140 CFU/100ml;

Iowa, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 108 CFU/100ml;

Kentucky, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 252 CFU/100ml;

Michigan, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with >240 CFU/100ml;

Missouri, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 276 CFU/100ml;

New Hampshire, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 280 CFU/100ml;

North Carolina, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with >240 CFU/100ml;

Pennsylvania, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 312 CFU/100ml;

South Carolina, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 332 CFU/100ml;

St. James, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 456 CFU/100ml;

States, an ocean beach in Atlantic City, Atlantic County with 320 CFU/100ml;

New Jersey Ave, an ocean beach in Somers Point City, Atlantic County with 312CFU/100ml;

Imperial House, an ocean beach in Long Branch City, Monmouth County with 150 CFU/100ml;

North Bath, an ocean beach in Long Branch City, Monmouth County with 130 CFU/100ml;

Shark River Beach & Yacht Club, a bay beach in Neptune Twp, Monmouth County with 160 CFU/100ml;

Worthington, an ocean beach in Spring Lake Boro, Monmouth County with 120 CFU/100ml; and

East Main, an ocean beach in Manasquan, Monmouth County with too numerous to count.

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