Air and Water
Pollution Services Beach
409-938-2251 Fax: 409-938-2271
There is a Beach Watch Advisory on Galveston Island.
There are no Beach Watch Advisories on Bolivar Peninsula.
GAL082 – Texas City Dike
The Galveston County Beach Watch Program, in cooperation with the Texas General
Land Office, developed and implemented a program tomonitor for bacteria in
coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches that are used by the public and to
notify the public if water quality standards for these bacteria are exceeded.
The program samples at 52 monitoring stations along Galveston Island, Bolivar
Peninsula and one site on the Texas City Dike.
Samples are taken from the 52 sites on a weekly
basis and tested for bacteria. An advisory is issued informing the public that
swimming is not recommended when bacteria levels are elevated. When an advisory is posted the beach
is NOT closed. An advisory is simply issued to inform the public of the elevated
bacteria level so each person can make an informed choice to swim or not swim in
those waters affected. Once elevated bacteria levels are detected water samples
are taken daily until the tests return to normal.
The sampling and notification program helps to
ensure the safety of Galveston County Beaches and the safety of its visitors.
Thank you for taking an interest in our Beach Advisories.
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For more information:
Environmental Health Services
Galveston County Health District