CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The 2019 Coastal Water Monitoring Program will begin May 28 and continue through Sept. 2 in Cape May County, officials said Monday.
The Cape May County Department of Health runs the program in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. It tests water at 61 ocean recreation sites and one back bay recreation site every week.
Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties participate, and results are available at njbeaches.org. In Atlantic County, the county Utilities Authority does the testing.
Enterococcus bacteria is used as the indicator organism to assess water quality.
If a microbiological water quality sample exceeds 104 per 100 ml, a swimming advisory will be posted at the bathing beach, a sanitary survey conducted and resamples taken.
If any of the resamples exceed the water quality standard, the beach will be closed until resamples are again within the bathing standard, according to the county.
Algae blooms and wastewater incidents such as overflows should immediately be called into the DEP at 877-927-6337.