Map shows high levels of fecal bacteria detected at some Texas beaches

Some Texas beaches currently have high levels of fecal bacteria

Some Texas beaches are reporting high levels of fecal bacteria, according to water samples collected under the Texas Beach Watch Program.

The Texas coast is a popular destination during the summer so if you plan on hitting the beach, make sure to avoid the fecal hot spots.

“Water samples are collected from 164 stations at approximately 61 recreational beaches along the Texas coast in Aransas, Brazoria, Cameron, Galveston, Jefferson, Kleberg, Matagorda, Nueces and San Patricio counties,” according to the Texas Beach Watch website.

Samples are collected weekly from May through September and bi-weekly the rest of the year, except in March when “when weekly sampling is conducted to coincide with spring break," the website states.

Contamination sources include:

  • Improperly functioning sewage treatment plants
  • Improperly functioning septic systems
  • Stormwater runoff
  • Boating waste that is not disposed of properly
  • Humans and domestic animals
  • Livestock
  • Wildlife

Contact with contaminated water is discouraged until advisories are canceled, according to Texas Beach Watch.

Click here to view the Texas Beach Watch map.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.