Calm waters along Galveston, Texas.

Texas Beach Bacteria Levels Test High in February

February is a weird time to go the the beach. But then, this is Houston, and it’s like 75 digress outside. Come to think of it, it’s really not a bad idea at all. Anyhow. Without much further ado, here are a few beaches to avoid this weekend. They’ve tested high for fecal bacteria (yep, you read that right) so if you’ve got young children, are pregnant, are diabetic, or have any open sores (even if it’s just a paper cut or hang nail) please do exercise caution and wade elsewhere: Continue reading

Calm waters along Galveston, Texas.

Freeport Beaches Test High For Bacteria During Warm January

It’s pretty darn warm for January, but if you’re thinking of hitting the beach, be sure to avoid the following. Two beaches near Freeport have tested very high for fecal bacteria, with counts greater than 104cfu/100ml. This presents a health hazard, and is particularly dangerous for small children, pregnant women, diabetics, and anyone with an open sore or weak immune system. Plus, you’d be swimming in poo. Continue reading

Gulf Coast Coral Reef, photo by NOAA

While Most Galveston Beach Bacteria Tests Low, Matagorda is High

Update 6/29/2016 4:02PM: Three Matagorda beaches have tested dangerously high and those beaches are now under advisories. See below for details.

As poor Brian Parrott returns home from the hospital, Galveston beaches are once again testing Low to Medium for bacteria, which is great news for beach goers! The diabetic grandfather lost his leg at the knee after a horrifying battle with “flesh eating” bacteria (called Vibrio) which he contracted during a family vacation.

Melody Long was also hospitalized last week with a bacterial infection contracted on Galveston shores. Even with many beaches now testing Low, doctors recommend swimmers take precautions. Here are a list of beaches now testing Medium for bacteria: Continue reading

Girl at the Beach by Ramon Gonzalez

Beach Bacteria Safety Tips, Symptoms To Watch For, & First Aid Treatment

Our recent article advising beach goers of high bacteria counts in the water near Galveston and The McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge drew a lot of interest and concern. In order to help answer your questions and keep you informed, we’ve researched and collected information about precautions you can take to protect your family from bacterial infection, spot symptoms early, and treat injuries that happen at the beach. Continue reading

Calm waters along Galveston, Texas.

UPDATED: Galveston Beaches Test Dangerously High For Bacteria After June Rain & Flooding

Every time it rains in the Greater Houston area, all that water – from flooded bayous and overflowing septic tanks – trickles downhill and deposits into the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a recurring theme along the coast of Galveston: bacteria levels rising so high the Texas General Land Office recommends a beach safety advisory.

Here are a list of beaches known to be contaminated. If you have any cuts, sores, or suffer from a compromised or weak immune system, we recommend that you avoid the following beaches. Continue reading