By the end of Wednesday, no Cape May or Atlantic county beaches were under water quality advisories, after tests found high bacteria levels had cleared. 

Forty-seven beaches, mostly on the ocean, were under advisories in both Atlantic and Cape May counties after testing Monday found elevated fecal coliform levels.

Larry Hajna of the state Department of Environmental Protection said heavy rain over the weekend swept a lot of  animal waste into storm drains that empty into the ocean. So when water quality was tested Monday, problems were found.

But results from Tuesday's retesting came in Wednesday, showing bacteria levels had "dissipated and cleared, as we would expect," said Hajna.

Swimming advisories warn the public of unhealthy water conditions and additional sampling is conducted until water quality results are again within the standard.

Beaches are only closed if two consecutive samples collected at a bathing beach exceed the state standard.

 

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