February 6 - Latest Findings Released in Pelican Deaths; Arcadis Report 2-3-2017
February 3 - Tests Continue to Determine Cause of Pelican Deaths; Pelican Mortality Update
January 26 - Rehabilitated Pelicans Released; Studies Continue Into Avian Sickness
January 20 - Water Quality Tests Continue After Nanoplankton And Red Tide Found
January 19 - Warning Signs Removed; Water Quality Testing Continues
January 18 - City Continues Water Testing Regarding Bird Deaths Alongside FWC Investigation
January 17 - Riviera Bay, Coffee Pot Bayou Water Test Results Near Normal; Bird Testing Continues
January 17 - St. Petersburg Brings in Additional Assistance to Investigate Sick Pelicans –Update #1
January 16 - City of St. Petersburg Assisting With Discovery of Dead And Sick Pelicans;Testing Water For Potential Cause
Testing is done weekly at each of the locations on Wednesday. Results are usually posted on Thursday. If the test indicates a level of Enterococci greater than 70 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water, the beach is resampled the following day. Results of the second test will be posted on Friday.
August 2016 - Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Program Summary-Cycle 4, Year 3
Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are:
Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Enterococci are enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria can be an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. If they are present in high concentrations in recreational waters and are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore, they may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
The statewide testing program tests for enterococci, which the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended states adopt as a saltwater quality indicator. According to studies conducted by the EPA, enterococci have a greater correlation with swimming-associated gastrointestinal illness in both marine and fresh waters than other bacterial indicator organisms, and are less likely to "die off" in saltwater. If an enterococci result were observed to exceed 70 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of beach water sampled and a resampling result also exceeds this value, then an "Advisory" will be issued for the sampling site.
Learn more about the Florida Healthy Beaches program.