Are You Outraged? 13 NJ Beaches Under Swim Advisory Due to Fecal Bacteria

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Does this make you sick to your stomach?  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has announced that 13 beaches across the Garden State have tested positive for high levels of fecal bacteria.  Those beaches have been issued swimming advisories.

According to the DEP on Wednesday, all of the beaches had levels which exceeded 104 colony forming units (cfu) of enterococci in the samples that were taken on Monday.  The DEP said additional samples were taken yesterday and those results are expected to be announced at some point today.

In the meantime, the beaches which have already tested high for fecal bacteria are:

  • Beachwood Beach West, Beachwood
  • East Beach Station Avenue beach, Pine Beach
  • Hancock Avenue beach, Seaside Heights
  • Maxson Avenue beach, Point Pleasant
  • New Jersey Avenue, Long Beach Township
  • North Bath Avenue beach, Long Branch
  • Village Beach Club beach, Loch Arbour
  • Reese Avenue beach, Lavallette
  • River Avenue beach, Point Pleasant
  • South Bath Avenue beach, Long Branch
  • 1st Avenue beach, Asbury Park
  • 5th Avenue beach, Seaside Park
  • 25th Street beach, Barnegat Light

What’s your reaction to this disturbing news?  Who do you feel is to blame?  What actions should the Department of Environmental be taking?