Local beaches scheduled for tests for bacteria

Local beaches are scheduled to be tested over the next 6 months for bacteria to help people avoid getting sick from playing in the water.

The state’s BEACH Program will soon begin testing some of the state’s most popular saltwater beaches for bacteria.

Beaches being proposed for water sampling are “popular high-use, high-risk saltwater swimming beaches” according to BEACH.

Locally, the proposed list of locations includes 3 beaches on the peninsula, including the South Jetty and Half Moon Bay at State Park as well as the Groynes.

Testing will occur weekly or bi-weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The program is accepting public comments about the proposed beach list until May 1, 2016.

Please email comments on the draft list to the BEACH Program Manager, Debby Sargeant, at debby.sargeant@ecy.wa.gov.

According to BEACH, the program is run by local health agencies, tribal nations, university coordinators, non-profits, and volunteers.

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