Texas Beach Watch advisories are NOT related to Vibrio vulnificus "flesh-eating" bacteria. For information about Vibrio vulnificus, please visit this page.
Texas Beach Watch (Enterococcus Bacteria)
About Texas Beach Watch
The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) participates in a federal program that tests hundreds of recreational swimming sites in the United States. The program, known as Texas Beach Watch in our state, tests for a bacterial indicator called Enterococcus. The bacteria is common in rain runoff and levels often spike after periods of heavy rain. GCHD routinely tests 52 beach sites through the program.
When a sample shows the level of Enterococcus above the EPA standard for safe swimming, an advisory is issued for the beach corresponding to that testing site. Sites with elevated levels are tested daily until the level comes down, which typically takes approximately 48 hours. Galveston County advisories are indicated with a sign on the beach and online at TexasBeachWatch.com and www.gchd.org.
When an advisory is issued, the affected beach is not closed. An advisory is issued to inform the public of the elevated bacteria level so people can make an informed choice about swimming in the affected waters. Avoiding advisories is as simple as moving to a beach a few blocks away from those affected.
People with diabetes, liver disease, cancer or other immune suppressing conditions who swim in natural bodies of water with open cuts or sores are at an increased risk for infection. Healthy people are extraordinarily less likely to get an infection than the ill.
Swimming in natural bodies of water anywhere comes with risk. To reduce it, beachgoers with open cuts or sores, especially those with pre-existing conditions, should avoid swimming or check with their doctor first.
People who suffer cuts while in natural bodies of water anywhere should immediately leave the water, thoroughly clean the wound and do not return until the wound heals. It’s important to keep an eye on the area for infection or swelling. If either occur, medical attention should be obtained immediately.
Galveston Island - West End
|1 - San Luis Pass Toll Bridge||No Advisory|
|3 - West Beach||No Advisory|
|5 - Terramar Beach||No Advisory|
|7 - Sea Isle South||No Advisory|
|13 - 16 Mile Rd.||No Advisory
|14 - Jamaica Beach South||No Advisory|
|17 - GISP #2||No Advisory|
|19 - GISP #4||No Advisory
|21 - GISP #6 (bay side)||No Advisory
|22 - 13 Mile Rd.||No Advisory|
|23 - Pirates Drive||No Advisory|
|24 - Bucanneer Blvd.||No Advisory|
|25 - 11 Mile Rd.||No Advisory
|26 - Pabst Rd.||No Advisory|
|27 - Spanish Grant Blvd.||No Advisory|
|28 - Hershey Beach||No Advisory
|30 - 8 Mile Rd.||No Advisory|
|32 - 7 Mile Rd.||No Advisory|
Galveston Island - Seawall
|34 - 60th Street||No Advisory|
|35 - 57th Street||No Advisory|
|36 - San Luis Resort||No Advisory|
|37 - Fort Crockett Seawall Park West||No Advisory|
|38 - Fort Crockett Seawall Park (45th Street)||No Advisory|
|39 - Beach Plaza Shopping Center||No Advisory|
|40 - 39th Street||No Advisory|
|41 - 35th Street||No Advisory|
|42 - Between 31st and 32nd St.||No Advisory|
|44 - Pleasure Pier/27th St.||No Advisory|
|45 - East Pleasure Pier||No Advisory|
|46 - 18th/19th Streets||No Advisory|
|47 - 14th/15th Streets||No Advisory|
|48 - Stewart Beach #1||No Advisory
|49 - Stewart Beach #2||No Advisory|
|50 - Stewart Beach #3||No Advisory|
|53 - East Beach/Apffel Park #2||No Advisory|
|55 - East Beach/Apffel Park #4||No Advisory|
|58 - Retilon Road||No Advisory|
|59 - Magnolia Lane||No Advisory|
|61 - Helen Blvd.||No Advisory|
|62 - O'Neil Road||No Advisory
|64 - Crystal Beach Road||No Advisory
|65 - Gulf Shores Drive||No Advisory|
|66 - Alberdie Road/Emerald Beach #2||No Advisory|
|67 - Barbados Rd||No Advisory
|68 - Gilmore Street Access||No Advisory|
|69 - Center Road||No Advisory|
|70 - Driftwood (Tideways)||No Advisory|
|24 - Bucanneer Blvd.||No Advisory|
|74 - Deens Street||No Advisory
|75 - Church Street||No Advisory|
|76 - Gayle Street||No Advisory
|77 - Beaumont Ave.||No Advisory|
|82 - Texas City Dike||No Advisory|
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