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.

Precautions 

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 

 

Bolivar Peninsula

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/Trash can #52 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  

Other Locations

82 - Texas City Dike No Advisory 

 

Beach Water Safety Infographic

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