BELMAR, NJ — The L Street beach along the Shark River has been reopened, according to the latest report on June 1 by state environmental officials.
The beach was closed for four days after 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. As a result, the high level of bacteria in the water created unsafe swimming conditions.
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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