Health Advisory Issued for Picnic Island Beach
February 08, 2019
Tampa, Fla. – A Health Advisory has been issued for Picnic Island Beach based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public. Samples taken Wednesday were above threshold for enterococci bacteria. The beach will be re-sampled, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
When re-sampling indicates that the water is within the satisfactory range, the advisory will be lifted.
Water quality categorizations are based on the EPA's standard for enterococci is that beaches with a beach action value of 70.5 or higher are given an advisory.
Last week’s advisory for Bahia Beach has been rescinded.
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has been conducting coastal beach water quality monitoring at nine sites once every two weeks since August 2000, and weekly since August 5,
Please visit the Florida Department of Health's Beach Water Quality website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html. To review the beach water sampling results for reporting counties, click on a county name.
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