Beach report: Spring Lake beach closed by bacteria

Beach report: Spring Lake beach closed by bacteria.
Robert Allen/DFP A Spring Lake beach next to Wreck Pond was closed Thursday, following consecutive days of excessive bacteria in the water.
Two other beaches, both on the Bayshore and not open to swimmers, also registered unsafe levels in followup testing for a microbe that indicates the water is not safe for recreation.
No Ocean County beaches tested high for bacteria this week.
The results for those will be released Friday.
If Thursday’s samples prove to still be too high, then the beach would be closed on Friday and retested.
A state-of-the-art tunnel, which was finished in November, was designed to limit flooding in the area and improve water quality.
This kind of bacteria is considered a warning sign of dangerous pathogens.
Per, here are the beaches that tested above the safe swimming threshold on Wednesday, with today’s results in bold: Middletown, Ideal Beach, 440 cfu, 180 cfu Highlands, Miller Beach, 260 cfu, 310 cfu Sea Bright, public beach, 260 cfu, less than 10 cfu Ocean Grove, Spray Avenue, 160 cfu, 20 cfu Ocean Grove, Broadway Avenue, 220 cfu, less than 10 cfu Spring Lake, Brown Avenue, 330 cfu, 150 cfu Spring Lake, York Avenue, 110 cfu, less than 10 cfu Every Tuesday online, the Press and will post water-quality test results from every Jersey Shore beach that exceeds federal safe swimming standards for fecal bacteria.
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