Avoid contact with river water: Bacteria levels elevated at Leighton Park in Palm City

Testing sites: 1-Roosevelt Bridge, 2-Sandsprit Park, 3-Leighton Park, 4-East of Bessey Creek, 5-Stuart Sandbar(Source: Florida Department of Health in Martin County)


The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging residents to avoid contact with the river water near Leighton Park by the old Palm City Bridge after tests revealed higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution.

The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. The area will be tested again on Monday, March 31.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar.

River and beach water sample results can be viewed at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/CHD/Martin/Beach_and_River_Sampling.html

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