Swimming Banned at 8 NJ Beaches Due to High Bacteria Levels

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Eight New Jersey beaches are closed for swimming due to poor water quality. According to the Department of Environmental Protection beach water quality is tested every week and analyzed for Enterococci, a bacteria that is found in both animal and human waste.

"The New Jersey State Sanitary Code requires that the concentration of bacteria not exceed 104 colonies of Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of sample. An exceedance of this concentration may be harmful to human health."

If a beach fails the water test two days in a row, it's closed until the bacteria level drops. Hopefully the beaches reopen for swimming soon because this is no way to end the summer.

See the list of closed beaches below.

Atlantic County

  • 26th Street Beach in Brigantine City

Monmouth County

  • L Street Beach in Belmar Borough
  • Village Beach Club in Loch Arbour Village
  • Essex Ave. in Spring Lake Borough

Ocean County

  • West Beach Avon Road in Pine Beach Borough
  • East Beach Station Ave. in Pine Beach Borough
  • Sheridan beach in Seaside Heights. Reason
  • Lincoln Ave. in Seaside Heights.
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