Less than desirable water quality is impacting a handful beaches in three out of four Jersey Shore counties.
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s njbeaches.org, five beaches are under advisories and one is closed due to water samples exceeding a water quality standard.
According to the Ocean County Health Department, the standard for the acceptable level of enterococcus, a bacteria found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals that can cause urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, and meningitis, is 104 colonies per 100 ml of water.
Today’s swimming advisories include the Montgomery and Bennett ocean beaches in Wildwood City, the L Street beach along the Shark River in Belmar, the Stockton beach along the Barnegat Bay in Long Beach Township, and the Lincoln Avenue ocean beach in Seaside Heights.
The 25th Street beach along the Barnegat Bay in Barnegat Light is closed.
Some waterways are typically susceptible to higher bacteria levels after rainfall and associated storm runoff. Rain ahead of a cold front moved through the Jersey Shore on Sunday.