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For Immediate Release:
March 06, 2015
Media Contact:
Jennifer Messemer

Olga Connor

Precautionary swimming advisory boundaries reduced

(MIAMI, MARCH 6, 2015) – A portion of the precautionary swimming advisory’s boundaries issued on Sunday, March 1, 2015, has been reduced. The Oleta River State Park beach area, as well as the Biscayne Bay area from the Haulover Inlet inclusive of Sand Spur Island is no longer included in the advisory.

The advisory remains in effect for Maul Lake, Oleta River proper, the Intracoastal Waterway south to the Haulover Marina and north to Dumbfoundling Bay. As a precautionary measure, the public is advised to refrain from swimming, fishing and other water recreational activities within the boundaries.

The precautionary swimming advisory was the result of a temporary overflow of partially treated effluent due to tremendous rainfall Saturday, Feb. 28 at the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant. As a result, approximately 3.5 million gallons of partially treated effluent was released into surrounding waters.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER), Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) are testing the affected waters and the advisory remains in effect until test results are clear.