New Jersey beaches reopened after bacteria shutdown

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31 beaches at the Jersey Shore are under swimming advisories issued Tuesday while an additional three are closed due to bacteria.

The Sierra Club of New Jersey released a statement on the contamination of shore waters, putting the blame on the Department of Environmental Protection's failed pollution protection policies. If the bacteria condition persists for a second consecutive day, that beach is closed.

Heavy rain and runoff containing chemicals and bird droppings are blamed for the problem. Water quality is tested every week at over 200 ocean and bay beaches along the coast.

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Advisory: Mission Bay at swim area at Bahia Point (northern portion, 150 feet north and south of drain) - Since Wednesday, July 26, bacteria levels may exceed health standards.

To find the latest in beach closures visit njbeaches.org or click on the image below. On Wednesday, Action News was in Beachwood, Ocean County where swimming was off-limits to bathers because of the high bacteria counts in the water. Tourism is big business in New Jersey and safe, clean swimming water is a must. "I'm glad that they tested". A beach patrol lieutenant said bacteria levels were already going down in the afternoon, so folks are hopeful. DEH advises beach users to avoid water contact at beaches posted with these white advisory signs.

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