"Matagorda, Brazoria counties’ bacteria counts highest on Texas coast" by: Mike Reddell

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  High bacteria counts at Matagorda County beaches at Palacios, Matagorda and Sargent have continued throughout the summer and Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard said Monday the county is working with the TCEQ and the General Land Office to address the problem.
   On Tuesday, July 13, GLO’s Texas Beach Watch.com app showed high-level bacteria counts on all but one Matagorda County beaches.
   At three Jetty Park testing sites at the mouth of the Colorado River the fecal bacteria count level was high (red) Tuesday afternoon, with one test showing medium, or yellow, reading. 
   Palacios and Sargent test site all were red level.
   The website’s notation indicates the red-level counts are greater than “104 CFU (colony forming units) /100 ML (milliliters).” 
   When the counts are greater than 100 CFU, the GLO said “swimming is not recommended.”
   Gulf Beaches at Galveston County were mostly green -the only exception in that county was a couple of medium levels in Galveston Bay and two red levels on Sylvan Beach in the upper bay.
   The Corpus Christi area, South Padre Island and Boca Chica - in deep South Texas near the Mexico border - show predominantly low, or green (less than 35 CFU), and a few medium alert, counts (between 35 and 104 CFU) – there were no red-level bacteria beach counts at any of those areas Monday or Tuesday.
   Brazoria County beaches Monday were all red-level Tuesday afternoon.
   Almost all summer long the high bacteria levels have affected Palacios to Matagorda to Sargent and all through Brazoria County, Pollard said.
   “For some unknown reason, we’ve had high bacteria counts all summer,” Pollard added.
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