Water contaminated with fecal bacteria at Liza Jackson


staff reports

FORT WALTON BEACH — Water quality continues to be a problem at Liza Jackson Park.

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) conducts bi-weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 11 sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.

Following the last testing, a health advisory has been issued for Santa Rosa Sound near the park. Entering the water there could pose a health risk, according to a press release from the health department.

Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.