BELMAR, NJ — The L Street beach along the Shark River has been reopened, according to the latest report by state environmental officials.

The Belmar beach was closed for nearly five days after heavy rains on August 13 flooded Route 35 in the vicinity of the river beach, causing an overflow of stormwater that contained high levels of bacteria and creating unsafe swimming conditions. 

Testing performed by N.J. Department of Environmental on August 16 showed the water now meets state standards for bacterial levels. DEP regulations require that the concentration not exceed 104 colonies of enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of the sample. The latest test results showed an overall level of 70 colonies.

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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.

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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