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Windward Beach Closed Yesterday Per NJDEP Testing Regulations, Receives Swimming Advisory Today

Routine water quality testing showed higher-than-average bacteria levels on Monday, beach issued a "swimming advisory" based on yesterday's re-testing

A local park beach was closed yesterday on the advice of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), after routine testing Monday showed a higher-than-average count of bacteria levels in the nearby water.

Brick Township’s was one of many state beaches whose water quality was tested by the NJDEP on Monday, in a process conducted by the group called a “coastal surveillance flight.”

Windward Beach itself received a testing result of 270 colony-forming units (CFU’s) of bacteria, per 100 milliliters of water.

In a statement released by the NJDEP, they noted that water quality samples were affected due to receiving over one inch of rain prior to the sampling process. As a result, nonpoint source pollution carried into the rivers, Barnegat Bay and Atlantic Ocean from the stormwater runoff, and contributed to the results found at Windward Beach and numerous other beaches throughout the state.

All beaches that exceeded the standard on Monday were resampled during the day yesterday, and subsequently, Windward Beach was merely issued a “Swimming Advisory” for today by the NJDEP.

The NJDEP’s “Current Conditions” website is updated each weekday afternoon after coastal surveillance flight reports are filed and water quality results are received from the labs, and is updated on weekends as needed to reflect changing conditions.

Despite the advisory, tonight's rescheduled “Summerfest” event at Windward Beach Park will continue unabated.

Mrgrumpass August 08, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Which of the loony tune bloggers are going to blame the mayor for this??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I know there is some out there just itching to put the blame on the mayor!
BGH August 08, 2012 at 10:54 PM
its so sad... I would NEVER go swimming in there... DID 20 years ago... But not now
Comfortably Numb August 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I blame Obama!
Joseph Woolston Brick August 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Swimming? There's no swimming at Windward beach unless your an elf. Wading, up to your knees Yes. Trying to impress people that your Michael Phelps, definitely NO. And you can wade all you want for $5 a head a day. That's why the place has been a ghost town, I'm surprised their still testing the water, for who horseshoe crabs?
Joseph Woolston Brick August 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
With all the crap Acropolis has put us through, Windward should be free and our reward for putting up with him. How's that?
JHill August 09, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I will! Who needs Windward when we just paid 15 million dollars for Trader's Cove!!??!!?
Mrgrumpass August 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Same old ,Samse old from the Obama Zombies!
JHill August 09, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Hey Grump Ass read some of my other comments. You are the zombie--I don't like ANYONE who raises my taxes and I get nothing for it. Believe me, if I thought that giving the gov't more money would do any good I would be all for it but there are 20 trillion reasons not to trust anyone in gov't with my money.
2much2say August 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Why blame anyone? Is it not nature? I must be missing something. Don't swim there or in the bay that's gross. I swam in the lagoon as a child like 30 years ago. Ocean all the way!!
Sean Conneamhe August 10, 2012 at 01:56 AM
"In 1967, 45 years ago, Windward Beach was privately owned and operated (and paying taxes) and had a cool pavilion with a jukebox, dance floor, pinball machines and snack bar." "The Laurelton Fire Company used to have a fund-raising picnic there every year with great food and lots of fun."
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