High Bacteria Levels Close Jersey Shore BeachesLast Edited:
This story was updated at 4:15 p.m. July 26, 2017
A number of South Jersey beaches are closed to swimmers after authorities have discovered elevated bacteria levels in the water.
On Tuesday, July 25th, officials at the Atlantic County Division of Public Health said ocean water tested off some beaches in Atlantic City and Ventnor had extremely high levels of bacteria.
Seven beaches in Atlantic City, four in Ventnor and the Bay Avenue beach in Somers Point are now closed to swimmers until those bacteria levels drop.
Officials at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection believe heavy rainfall is to blame, which caused pollution to runoff into streams that feed into those beaches.
Water quality advisories had been issued at several beaches in South Jersey — 31 in total — including Atlantic City, North Wildwood, and Ocean City, as of early Wednesday.
State officials will continue testing the water to determine when bacteria levels drop.
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