BEACH Program Update
Island County Public Health marine water sampling identified high bacteria levels at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor on 6/28. A permanent swimming advisory is posted for the beach at the Park. The saltwater swimming lagoon also had elevated levels and Staff collected additional samples on 6/30 and results came back low for the lagoon so a swimming advisory is not warranted. But remember to avoid water contact at the beach, especially around stormwater drainage pipes.
Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.
Visit the BEACH web site to find the latest results for these and other saltwater beaches: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/
Jessica Bennett is the BEACH Program Data Coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-407-6159.