Sail boat off of Municipal Beach Park in Somers Point NJ Thursday Oct 5, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

SOMERS POINT — A water quality advisory is in effect for the Municipal Beach Park on Bay Avenue, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's website.

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

Samples taken at 180 ocean and 35 bay monitoring stations and are tested for Enterococci, which is found in human and animal fecal matter, according to the NJDEP.

"This is a bay beach. These situations are usually related to stormwater," said Larry Hajna, a press officer for the NJDEP. "The test result was 135 enterococcus CFU/100 milliliters, above the recreational bathing standard of 104 enterococcus CFU/100 milliliters."

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

The water at Municipal Beach Park was resampled on Tuesday, Hajna said, and results will be returned Wednesday.

"If the result is within standard, the advisory will be lifted," Hajna said. "If it is above the standard, it will be closed and resampled until within standard."

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I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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