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Municipal Guide To Clean Water: Conducting Sanitary Surveys to Improve Coastal Water Quality

  • C.

    (101-150 points) Suggested Action: Continue to monitor at least once per week depending on the recorded bacteria levels. Additional monitoring within the watershed including storm drains, rivers, and streams may be warranted. If there is a relationship between rainfall and bacteria exceedences, precautionary wet weather advisories should be posted. Education and outreach efforts should promote healthy sanitary practices at the beach and throughout the watershed.

  • D.

    (151+ points) Suggested Action: Increase the monitoring effort in response to recorded bacteria levels. This may require monitoring at least twice per week. Ensure that an advisory or closure is posted until monitoring results are consistently below the safety level. Consider posting additional educational signage at the beach (e.g., high bacteria levels during wet weather, do not feed waterfowl, pick up after pets, etc.). Examine all bacterial pathways to the beach. Special studies, additional data analysis, assessment of offshore activities, and sanitary surveys of properties within watershed is warranted. Identify and remediate pollution sources. Education and outreach efforts should promote healthy sanitary practices at the beach and throughout the watershed.

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