SEA BRIGHT: The municipal beach in the borough is no longer under an advisory after bacteria levels were found to be under the acceptable level.
Each week recreational beach water quality monitoring is performed at approximately 180 ocean and 35 bay monitoring stations along the coast of New Jersey, according to the NJDEP.
Samples are analyzed for the presence of Enterococci, a type of bacteria found in animal and human waste that is an indicator of possible contamination of bathing waters.Any initial sample that exceeds the state standard requires that the local health agency issue a swimming advisory at the bathing beach where the sample was collected. Swimming Advisories warn the public of potentially unhealthy water conditions. Additional sampling is conducted until water quality results are again within the standard.
On May 31, the Sea Bright municipal beach and four other beaches in Monmouth County were under advisory, however, the June 1 testing showed that all but the Brown Avenue South beach in Spring Lake in spring lake had returned to normal levels.
Typically, bacteria counts tend to spike after rainfall, which the area has received plenty of over the last few days.
Beaches are closed if two consecutive samples collected at a bathing beach exceed the state standard. Beach closings remain in effect until subsequent sampling indicates bacteria levels are again below the standard.