ACUA test water in ocean and bay

Environmental health specialist Allen Beniwitz gets water samples from the bay in Brigantine at 26th Street in 2018. Coastal areas are some of the state’s most developed areas, with homes packed tightly together on barrier islands, and little space for yards or planted areas — leading to runoff that picks up trash and animal feces, causing bacteria in the ocean and bay.

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 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.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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