More than one-third of Jersey Shore beaches were contaminated with fecal bacteria in 2018, report says

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VIRGINIA STREVA / PHILLY VOICE – More than one-third of New Jersey’s beaches tested positive for unsafe levels of fecal bacteria contamination in 2018, according to a new report. The same reported showed nearly half of all beaches in the Northeastern U.S. experienced potentially dangerous levels of fecal bacteria.

The report published by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, compiled data from the National Water Quality Monitoring Council to analyze water contamination by state and region.

Beaches can become unsafe if contaminated with fecal matter from water runoff, sewage leaks, and industrial-scale livestock operations. Contact with contamination can cause gastrointestinal distress, including diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. It can also potentially cause respiratory disease, ear and eye infections, and skin rash …

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