Samples show one Duval Co. body of water contains bacteria

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Heading to the beach one day soon? You may want to do your research first. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 10 percent of U.S. beaches failed the government's swimmer safety standards. That means, water could be contaminated by human or animal waste, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.

In Duval county only one beach did not meet requirements. Huguenot Park had 11 percent of samples exceeding the Daily Bacterial Maximum. According to the NRDC, 18 samples were taken.

Lisa Almeida is A Director at Freedom Boat Club, who has been swimming on the First Coast for years.

"I believe there are a lot of people going to the beach there, probably leaving more water than they should," said Almedia. "And, the current doesn't move as well."

Kenneth Birt says he'll think twice before jumping in.

Birt said, "You could get some kind of bacteria or something."

Almeida has some tips to keep the First Coast water healthy for all swimmers and boaters.

"Don't throw anything in the water," said Almeida. "Take your trash with you, and boaters, don't dump your oil in the water."

According to the NRDC, the largest known contributor to beach closings or health advisory days has historically been storm water pollution. They also say it is best to stay away from ocean water after heavy storms.

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