Belmar's beaches on Ocean Avenue are open and not affected by the closing of the L Street beach, which is located on the other side of town off Route 35 along the Shark River. 

BELMAR, NJ — The L Street Beach along the Shark River remains closed due to unsafe swimming triggered by elevated bacteria levels, according to state environmental officials.

In its daily beach water quality report, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection reported that the concentration of the bacteria exceeded standards for safe swimming. Results of the latest round of testing are expected today, June 1.

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Heavy rains on Sunday, May 27 flooded Route 35 in the vicinity of the river beach, causing an overflow of storm water that the DEP reported contained raw sewage — the cause of the high level of bacteria.

Belmar officials could not be reached for comment on L Street Beach’s closure, but it states on its Facebook page that all of the borough's Ocean Avenue beaches are open.

Each week, recreational beach water quality monitoring by the DEP is performed at about 180 ocean and 35 bay monitoring stations along the Jersey Shore. Samples are analyzed for the presence of enterococci, a type of bacteria found in animal and human waste that is an indicator of possible contamination of bathing waters, according to the cooperative coastal monitoring program.

State regulations require that the concentration of bacteria not exceed 104 colonies of enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of the sample. The L Street Beach test results showed a level of 260 colonies.

When a sample exceeds the state standard, a swimming advisory is issued and additional sampling is conducted and continues each day until the sample result is below the level. If two consecutive daily samples exceed the standard, the bathing beach closes until sample results are below the standard.

For more information on the program and current beach closings, visit its website by clicking here.

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