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 issued a swim advisory for Windward Beach on Tuesday, warning that water testing turned up heightened levels of pollutants.

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 160 enterococci (cfu/100ml). The state allowable limit is 104.

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, a swim advisory is issued when an 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.