"New Study Says These Louisiana Swim Spots Are Laden With Bacteria"

"Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville a hotspot for contamination"

"Just as vacationers head to the coast to beat the July heat, a new study offers a bit of caution: 82% percent of the almost 300 Gulf Coast beaches that recently underwent water testing were found to have potentially unsafe levels of fecal bacteria.

In Louisiana, 21 beaches were judged likely unsafe for swimming at least one day in 2020, according to a national study of pollution at public beaches by Environment America Research and Policy Center. Cypremort Point Beach in St. Mary Parish and Rutherford Beach in Cameron Parish topped the Louisiana list with 12 unsafe days, and the popular Lake Pontchartrain beach at Fontainebleau State Park near Mandeville was just behind with 11 unsafe days.
Unsafe Louisiana beaches map

In Mississippi, each of 21 beaches tested had at least one day of high fecal bacteria levels and 16 were judged unsafe at least a quarter of the time. Alabama fared a bit better with 21 of 24 beaches showing spikes in fecal bacteria at least one day. In Florida, almost 70% of the 266 beaches were found to have at least one day when swimming wasn’t advisable."

Tristan Baurick reports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune July 3, 2021.


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Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 07/06/2021