Swimming Advisory At Somers Point Bay Beach

Somers Point Bay beach is under a swimming advisory. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s njbeaches.org, the advisory is in effect after the standard for the acceptable level of enterococcus, a bacteria found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals that can cause urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, and meningitis, exceeded acceptable levels. The top acceptable level is 104 colonies, and on Tuesday, the Somers Point beach registered 135 colonies. The issue could be coming about as a result of recent rains. Beaches are closed if two consecutive samples collected at a bathing beach exceed the state standard.