A swimming advisory has been issued for three beaches in Ocean County due to elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

The three beaches with elevated numbers are the following:

  • Lavallette - Trenton Avenue ocean beach
  • Seaside Park - 5th Avenue bay beach
  • Surf City - 16th Street bay beach

According to NJ.com:

An advisory is issued when samples exceed 104 colony forming units (cfu) of enterococci and the water is tested again the next day. A second test over that limit leads to a closure for swimming at that beach until the levels drop.

At this time, all lifeguarded beaches are open, however, swimming in waters at these beaches could lead to gastrointestinal symptoms

Officials believe the cause of the high bacteria levels is due to stormwater runoff from rain.

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