The advisory was based on water sample results for Escherichia coliform (E. coli) bacterial contamination; Luna Pier's beach is expected to have similar conditions.
The Monroe County Health Department has issued an advisory against “full body contact” including swimming for the public beach at Sterling State Park.
The advisory was issued today, based on water sample results for Escherichia coliform (E. coli) bacterial contamination.
While testing could not take place at Luna Pier’s beach, county officials expect that the water quality is similar.
“Based on the results that we received from Sterling State Park, our office would advise against swimming until sample results prove to be at safe levels for whole-body contact, Chris Westover, environmental health director for the Monroe County Health Department said about Luna Pier. “The elevated results were most likely due to the heavy rain events over the past week.”
This is the first public beach water quality advisory issued for the 2020 season - and comes just before a nearly perfect outdoor forecast for the Memorial Day weekend.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for partly to mostly sunny throughout the daytime hours this weekend, with highs in the 70s to low 80s. There is a possibility of showers and thunderstorms off and on.
The advisory will remain in effect until future water samples “indicate an acceptable level,” the health department’s report said.
A “whole body contact” advisory, according to the health department, means that people should not put their heads under water, or enter the water if they have scrapes or cuts that may expose them to the E.coli bacteria.
The next water test at both Luna Pier and Sterling State Park’s public beaches will take place Tuesday, weather conditions permitting. The water sample process usually starts a week or two before Memorial Day weekend; and continues through Labor Day weekend.
Signs are posted at the respective beaches when the alerts are issued; in addition, the local water sample results can be found at the Monroe County Health Department's website.
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