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Swim Advisory Issued for Windward Beach After Water Quality Test

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The Metedeconk River, at Windward Beach in Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Metedeconk River, at Windward Beach in Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Ocean County Health Department has issued a swim advisory for Windward Beach after a water test showed excessive levels of fecal coliform bacteria.

The beach was open Tuesday, but may be closed Wednesday if a second round of tests performed Tuesday show the situation is lingering. The test showed 110 enterococci (cfu/100ml). The state allowable limit is 104.

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, a swim advisory is issued when anĀ initial sample exceeds the state standard of a particular substance. Swimming Advisories warn the public of “potentially unhealthy water conditions.”

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Additional sampling is conducted until water quality results are again within the standard, the DEP said. Beaches are closed if two consecutive samples exceed allowable levels.


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  • Surfrider

    Would like to know where else have the health dept tested? Have they tested “F” Cove, Kettle Creek, Silver Bay ? These waterways are much further away from Windward Beach where there is less of a “flush” from tidal waters coming from the ocean. There are so many more boats in the Brick area of water ways, and more and more people not using the proper ways to flush out their holding tanks, if they have one at all? I am sure this contributes to the Bays demise. No one obeys the slow speed no wake barrels, so we can only imagine how they handle a bigger task of properly getting rid of their wastes. On weekends, it is now necessary to keep a state boat at the Mantoloking Bridge, south side, because of all the traffic and abuse of the marine laws. Sad. Plus I started seeing the good old sea nettles back in kettle creek.