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Among them are the town of Cinco Bayou and the Florida Department of Transportation, Hofstad said.
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The Health Department rates the areas it tests as good, moderate or poor, depending on the amount of enterococci found. Only when the water is rated poor are swimming advisories posted, Health Department spokesman Shaun May said.
Local officials know they have problems the Health Department makes them aware of enterococci hot spots, May said but have been unable or unwilling to tackle them.
All three projects are in the Gap Creek basin, Beedie said in an email.
Two days after Jackson took his sample April 15, his suspicions were confirmed when the water once again was found to contain enough enterococci to pose a health risk. As had happened a decade before, an advisory was posted to warn visitors against swimming.
And Lincoln Park is not the worst.
Fort Walton Beach has also applied for more than $1 million in BP Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds to continue work in the Gap Creek watershed.
"This will improve the quality of water flowing into both the bayou and bay," he said.
An agency called the Natural Resources Defense Council compiles an annual Testing the Waters report. In 2011, Reebok Alien Stomper High two local park beaches achieved the dubious honor of ranking among the top five in Florida for "highest percent exceedance rates" of state standards.
Another local test site, Liza Jackson Park in Fort Walton Beach, has received "poor" or "moderate" ratings 34 times since January 2012.
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Garnier's Beach Park in Fort Walton Beach was ranked No. 1. It exceeded state standards for fecal material 31 percent of the time, the Defense Council found.
at a nearby lab. "After all this rain I'm worried about our results this week."
taken at Lincoln Park in Valparaiso was Jan. 27, 2003. Test results found the quality to be poor and the Health Department issued swimming advisories.
Lincoln Park's "exceedance rate" in 2011 was 15 percent.
VALPARAISO On a recent Monday that was as picture perfect as the day before was miserable and rainy, Steve Jackson was almost certain of what he'd find in the water off Lincoln Park.
The April 15 finding was the 28th time since Jan. 1, 2012, the park known to some people as "stinkin' Lincoln" received less than a "good" rating from the Health Department. Tests conducted one week later found the water quality moderate.
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found in the feces of warm blooded animals. There would be lots of it.
By 2007, he pretty well had determined the pollutants causing the high enterococci levels were flowing out of Gap Creek, which runs into Cinco Bayou where the beach park is located.
County Public Works Director John Hofstad has been frustrated by the Garnier's Beach Park situation since 2002, when he worked for Fort Walton Beach.
For 15 years the county Health Department has been notifying local governments of the nastiness that seeps into swimming areas from storm water runoff.
Fort Walton Beach also has approved a contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in which it will receive about $200,000 "to provide engineering design, permit preparation and some construction administration services" for three stormwater projects, according to City Manager Michael Beedie.
The retrofit projects include improvements or updates to three stormwater retention areas to provide additional storage and treatment of runoff, Beedie said.
This year the county and Fort Walton Beach have joined forces. With funding help from the Northwest Florida Water Management District and BP fine money, they are mounting a major effort to clean up the Gap Creek drainage basin.
Since 2011, Garnier's Beach Park has received less than "good" ratings from the Health Department 38 times. For Rocky Bayou, it was 25 times.
Figuring out the source of the pollution and finding the means and the money to stem its flow has proven problematic, however.
Rocky Bayou at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park near Niceville exceeded limits 19 percent of the time to tie for the third highest in the state.
Nothing significant has changed in 10 years.
"It will help," Hofstad said. "Certainly, we're not going to solve it until we can address the entire drainage network, and that will require working with several jurisdictions."
As a designated water collector for Okaloosa County since 2010, Jackson knows that stormwater runoff from rain like the day before tends to make local areas dangerous for swimming.
Storm water runoff polluting some local swimming areas
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