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DOH issues water advisory for St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon spots in Martin County

NewsDOH issues water advisory for St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon spots in Martin County

The state Tuesday issued water advisories for two spots on the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon because of unacceptably high bacteria counts.

People should avoid contact with the water at the Jensen Beach Causeway and at Leighton Park in Palm City.

A “poor” bacteria-level ranking is 71 or more enterococcus per 100 milliliters of water. The level was 99 at Leighton Park Monday, but unknown at the causeway. The Florida Department of Health had not received that information from the lab yet.

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The bacteria advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. The areas will be retested on Monday.

Enteric bacteria, a sign of fecal pollution, inhabit the intestinal tract of people and animals. The bacteria’s presence in the water typically comes from pets, wildlife, livestock, human sewage and stormwater runoff, especially after heavy rains.

It can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes if touched or ingested, according to DOH.

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