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Beach Water Monitoring

Environmental Health

Physical Address:

Milton Location
5527 Stewart St.
Milton, FL, 32570

8 a.m.–1 p.m.
2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Healthy Beaches 

Image showing all of the beaches that moniutor water quality in the state of Florida.

Santa Rosa County is part of Florida's Healthy Beaches water sampling program which was initially started in 1998 with a pilot program that included 11 Florida coastal counties. Beach water sampling is conducted every two weeks and the results are reported on the DOH Healthy Beaches website and in local news media.

Water samples are analyzed for enterococci bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of these bacteria in the environment may be an indication of fecal pollution which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife, and/or human sewage.

Santa Rosa County Water Sampling Locations

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County currently collects samples from five locations:

High concentrations of enterococci in recreational waters may cause human disease, infections, or rashes if they are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore. The Division of Environmental Health issues health advisories when elevated concentrations of these bacteria are confirmed.


For more information on the Healthy Beaches program, visit Florida Healthy Beaches Program website.

To view the status of local sampling in Santa Rosa County, visit Santa Rosa County results.

For more information regarding beach monitoring programs, please visit Beach Monitoring and Notification or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, Healthy Swimming.