The swim advisories issued for the water at at Hackberry, Rutherford and Martin beaches, as well as three sections of Holly Beach in Cameron Parish on July 8, have been lifted. The advisories were issued because high levels of potentially unsafe bacteria were found in the water. However, water samples tested during the past seven days show the water is now acceptable for swimming.
A swim advisory was issued this week for the water at Cypremort Point Beach in St Mary Parish. The advisory was issued because water samples collected there showed high levels of enteric bacteria, which come from the intestinal tracts of humans and animals.
No park or beach area was ever closed as a result of this advisory because conditions were acceptable for land-based or boating and fishing activities.
The Louisiana BEACH Monitoring Program is a partnership between the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Office of State Parks. The program monitors bacteria levels of water at 13 locations throughout the state from April through October. For more information on the program or to check the status of monitoring at the different locations, please visit http://www.ophbeachmonitoring.com/.