Health Department lifts beach advisories for Polk Street, North Beach locations

Health Department lifts beach advisories for Polk Street, North Beach locations

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -The Chatham County Health Department has lifted advisories for two beach locations on Tybee Island after water tested positive for bacteria above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.

Polk Street and North Beach tested positive for high levels of enterococcus, bacteria which can be found warm blooded animals. The Health Department says it is difficult to determine where the bacteria originated from. It could have come from animal waste, storm water waste, or boating waste.

These areas have since been retested and the bacteria levels now meet the EPA’s standards again. The health department lifted both advisories Friday morning.

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