Santa Rosa Sound on ‘impaired’ list

Santa Rosa Sound is always bubbling with activity, including swimming, kayaking, jet skiing or fishing. So it may come as a surprise to some that the Sound does not meet water quality standards set forth by the state Department of Environmental
Protection.

In fact, the Sound has been on the DEP’s “impaired” list for more than five years.

According to DEP spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller, the Sound is on the list because of fecal coliforms, bacteria that live in the colon and intestines of humans and other animals.

“Coliforms are a group of bacteria,” David Whiting, the DEP’s biology section administrator, said. “The DEP uses another term – ‘fecal indicator bacteria.’”

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