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Health Advisory for Bacterial Levels - River Park Marina-North Fork of the St. Lucie River

By Arlease Hall

June 04, 2020

The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County has issued a swimming advisory for the following river location: River Park Marina-North Fork of the St. Lucie River

The sample results found higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria. Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes. Swimming in the waters is not recommended due to an increased risk of illness at this time. 

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution.  The bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County will continue the advisory until results are satisfactory.  Samples were collected Monday June 1, 2020 and a confirmation sample on Wednesday June 3, 2020. Sampling is scheduled for Monday June 15, 2020 and the results will be available Thursday June 18, 2020.

For results of St. Lucie County river samples, visit the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County website at http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov/ click on Environmental Health, then select North Fork Bacteria Testing, then select North Fork-St. Lucie River Sample Results.

For more information, please contact environmental health division at 772-873-4931.