All Water Quality Advisories Lifted for LBI Beaches
The Long Beach Island Health Department has lifted water quality advisories for seven ocean beaches on LBI that exceeded standards on Aug. 30. A comprehensive re-sampling of those locations on Aug. 31 confirmed water quality has returned to satisfactory, said health officer Daniel J. Krupinski.
“As part of our weekly participation in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program, six bay and 14 ocean beach locations are sampled on Long Beach Island for enterococcus bacteria, an indicator organism of water quality,” Krupinski explained. Due to the testing results on the 30th, water quality advisories were posted for the following locations: Joan Avenue and Stockton Avenue in Long Beach Township, Leeward Avenue and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven, South 3rd Street and 14th Street in Ship Bottom, and North 10th Street in Surf City.
A day later, sampling results showed the water quality had returned to satisfactory.
“Heavy shore break conditions and very turbulent water due to long period swell from Hurricane Gaston may have been a potential factor,” Krupinski noted. “The health department has not identified any potential source areas of concern. However, discussion will continue with health officials and state representatives regarding a potential explanation for this ocean water quality anomaly.”
Stay up to date on water quality information at njbeaches.org, or call 1-800-648-SAND. —J.K.-H.