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Is There Dangerous Bacteria in the Water at Beaches in New Jersey?

The Asbury Park Press has been featuring reports on the water quality of Jersey Shore beaches, including whether there is dangerous bacteria in the water at beaches in New Jersey. Is It Safe to Swim at Beaches in New Jersey? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, of the 180 million people expected to visit beaches in the US this year, an estimated three to four million will get sick from swimming in tainted water at the beach. Health departments in New Jersey take samples from the water at our beaches every week and test it for dangerous substances. Most notably, they test the water for enterococcus, a bacteria that is found alongside warm-blooded animal waste. Enterococcus is considered a red flag for viruses that cause rashes and stomach sicknesses. In 2016, 1 in 25 samples tested in labs came back as unsafe for swimming, which was the most since…
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Are Cape May’s Beaches Dangerous?

What is making Cape May beaches dangerous? A recent WKXW report raised concerns about the safety of the beaches in Cape May. Reportedly, the safety issues date back to the early ‘90s. Until 1991, there was no beach in Cape May. That year, the Army Corps of Engineers brought in 900,000 cubic yards of sand and created what is now Cape May’s main beach. The plan going forward was to replenish the beach with sand every two years for the next 50 years. However, because of the replenishment, there has been a severe drop off created. Per WKXW, when waves crash into the Cape May beach, they chip away at the sand, resulting in the drop off. People, many of them surfers and bodysurfers, have suffered injuries because of the drop off. A bodysurfer suffered a broken neck on Poverty Beach because of the drop off in 2001. In 2012,…
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