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Windward Beach Gets One of the State's Poorest Water Quality Rankings

But Brick's ocean beaches score perfectly in annual report

Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
The water quality at Brick Township's Windward Beach got one of the poorest rankings statewide, a report out this week shows.

Windward Beach was the ninth-worst beach in the state out of 288 beaches that were monitored for bacteria levels and given a Beach Action Value score by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The Beach Action Value figure is an aggregate of collection samples taken. A beach exceeds the acceptable BAV when 60 enterococcus bacteria colony forming units per 100 ml marine or estuarine water is detected in a single sample.

In the case of Windward, the beach had 24 samples taken during the 2013 season and exceeded the acceptable BAV score in 17 percent of cases.

But there was also good news in Brick: Brick Beach III scored perfectly in 2013, with zero samples of the 18 taken exceeding BAV. Likewise, none of the 11 samples taken at 7th Avenue in the township's Normandy Beach section exceeded the BAV last year.

Overall, New Jersey's waters were considered the third cleanest in the United States.

In 2013, New Jersey reported 492 coastal beaches and beach segments, 288 of which were monitored. Of all reported beach monitoring samples, 3 percent exceeded the BAV in a single sample.
Bobbi June 27, 2014 at 12:04 AM
J.JONES Never cleaned after Sandy? More like never cleaned since The Great Nor'Eater of 1888.
rememberwhen June 27, 2014 at 07:48 AM
really didn't think anyone swam there the beach & park are great took my kids there to play many Xs but never even thought about going in the water there, lol but then wouldn't in the water in Ocean Co Park either :-)
Brandy the Dog June 27, 2014 at 08:10 AM
@rememberhen I remember when I used to go swimming there as a young kid. It was dirty then, I didn't mind it, I guess because I was a city kid visiting grandparents at the time and any swimming appealed to me and my siblings. I also swam many times in Ocean County Park, the same situation there.
Andy Pat June 27, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Should have left the Mantoloking Inlet open after Sandy. I think it would have had helped Northern Barnegat Bay and the Meteteconk. There is little Brick alone can do. This needs to be addressed at the county level or higher. Storm water management is a big part. Controlled, smart growth in the watershed (think Lakewood;Jackson) is another big part.
Joseph Woolston Brick June 27, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Funny I thought the same thing, a new Inlet a new source of cleaner water to flow into the bay and the Metedeconk, but oh no, they had to close it up. Wrong move.

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