Okaloosa County Is Worried About the Water in Choctawhatchee Bay

The Okaloosa County Commission has agreed to form several committees to make boaters more aware of the dangers in illegal dumping.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says illegal dumping has not been a problem in the Panama City/Bay County area.

High bacteria counts in the water at local parks could be the result of mother nature instead, they say.

Lt. Jay Chesser of the Fish and Wildlife commission tells NewsChannel Seven there's lots of things, which can affect the water we swim in.

"Usually after a large rainfall you have a lot of runoff from the land at with that runoff you can get feces. Most of it is animal, but it could be ground water run off from septic tanks."

You can check the water quality at any of the state parks on line. Just log onto: < href="http://www.MyFlorida.Com" target="_blank">www.MyFlorida.Com and search for "Beach Water Sampling"