published Friday, June 1st, 2012

Bacteria levels at Jekyll Island beaches spur advisories

Two Jekyll Island beaches are under advisory after high levels of a bacteria causing gastrointestinal illness were found in the water.

The Coastal Health District said St. Andrews Beach and Clam Creek Beach were placed under advisory after routine water quality tests from samples taken May 29. Both locations showed a high level of enterococci bacteria.

The areas will be retested and the advisories will be lifted when tests show the bacteria levels meet the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended standards.

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