ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Residents of St. Lucie County are being urged to avoid contact with the North Fork of the St. Lucie River because of higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in the water, according to a media release from the Florida Department of Health.
The higher levels of bacteria were found from River Park Marina and Prima Vista Boulevard south to Martin County. The three locations sampled were River Park Marina, Veterans Park, and Kitching Cove near Tarpon Bay.
Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage. Symptoms of exposure for those who ingest or come in contact with the water may include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.
The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range.
For more information, please contact St. Lucie’s Environmental Health Division at 772-873-4931.