Texas Beach Watch has released a new report saying that they have found the fecal bacteria, Enterococcus, along many of the Gulf coast beaches. Texas Beach Watch tests the beaches for Enterococcus bacteria but does not test for Vibrio Vulnificus bacteria which occurs naturally in the temperate coastal waters.
The beaches affected run from the Bolivar Peninsula, past Corpus Christi and all the way down to South Padre Island. Beaches with the highest levels of enterococcus bacteria include Port Bolivar, Surfside, Freeport, and Jetty Park. The medium to low-levels can be found in Galveston, Corpus Christi, and South Padre Island. Of course, those are not the only beaches that are infected so we encourage you to do your research before going to a Texas beach soon.
If you are planning on going to a Texas beach this spring break, please make sure you do your research. If you need help finding out the status of a beach you plan to visit, Texas Beach Watch offers a map where you can track outbreaks online to make your decision.