Advisories issued for two Okaloosa County beaches

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has issued advisories for two area beaches.

Water quality results came back as "poor" for Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville and Emerald Promenade (Gulf Site) on Okaloosa Island as part of the health department's bi-weekly water samples.

The health department says these test results should be considered "a potential health risk" for anyone getting in the water.

Both sites showed levels well above the normal amount of enteric bacteria, or enterococci. The health department says enteric bacteria indicates the presences of fecal matter in the water, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, or human sewage.

The Department of Environmental Health uses these standards when determining good, moderate, or poor water quality when measuring the presence of enteric bacteria.

GOOD: 0-35 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters (ml) of marine water
MODERATE: 36-70 CFU per 100 ml of marine water
POOR: greater than 70 CFU per 100 ml of marine water