Two Ocean County beaches were closed Thursday due to issues with water quality.
The 25th Street bay beach in Barnegat Light and Windward Beach in Brick Township closed after a “sample exceeded water quality standards,” according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
They are currently the only two beaches closed in the state, the DEP said.
“Two Ocean County beaches have closed because of unsafe bacteria levels,” Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said in a news release Wednesday evening. “Several other beaches have been under advisory recently because of high bacteria counts that dissipated before the beaches had to be closed. We can expect more closures and advisories, especially after the recent high temperatures and heavy rain.”
Tittel blamed the DEP, saying the agency has “failed policies to manage storm water, control overdevelopment and fix leaky sewer systems.”
In the past four years, he said, there have been 100 beach closings and nearly 400 advisories due to dangerous bacteria levels along the shore.