The bacteria that put some Shore beaches off limits temporarily

After high levels of fecal bacteria were found in the water at several beaches this week, swimming advisories were issued

Getting turned away from the beach is not what you want during a week like this. But that’s what happened to swimmers at several bay and ocean beaches along the Jersey Shore.

The state Department of Environmental Protection banned swimming for a time at five beaches in Ocean and Monmouth counties after levels of fecal bacteria exceeding the state standard were detected in the water. It’s a problem that has plagued the state for years; it’s caused mainly by stormwater runoff that delivers fecal bacteria to ocean and bay waters.

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