Emerald Coast Chapter

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August 13, 2010 | 6 Comments

Water Testing

We took samples 8/12/10, from Okaloosa Island pier, Miramar beach, Blue mtn, Seaside, and Pier park. The samples have arrived in good condition at the lab today, 8/13/10.

6 thoughts on “Water Testing

  1. Joey says:

    I would love to help and I live in P.C.B

  2. Tony Castelluci says:

    What are the results?

  3. Mike says:

    Hey guys any word on the results of these tests? How long does it take to get results? After 11 days should we have another test done? I mean after 11 days the dispersant could have arrived even if the results of these tests were clear.

  4. Sturdivant says:

    Hey Mike, You are exactly right. This is why we need to demand local, state, and federal testing. As of today they have stalled for months, flat refused, or done only a handful of tests (the state has reported only one test for dispersants on June 22, all of the fed tests are in Louisiana).

    Spoke with the lab yesterday and they say results should be available Thursday. That will be 13 days since they received them. The turn around is supposed to be 8-10 days with this lab and procedure. You may recall that the first lab and procedure we used was 4-5 weeks to get results. Both are agonizingly slow and don’t really work for warning of risk on a given day. These results will be more useful in combination to show a trend for our area, “Is it becoming more or less dangerous with time?”.

    In the mean time use your own water knowledge and senses. Look for tarballs, oil and dispersant along the shore and in the water. (as of yesterday Walton County had many tarballs along the shore). Look for dead fish and animals. Smell the water, air, and sand. Test the water on your skin to see if it burns. And finally, if you are getting in anyway, taste the water. This will not guarantee your safety, but is better than just jumping in and chancing it. (Even better, maybe talk with your friends and carpool to the East coast this weekend for Hurricane Danielle and TS Earl swell)

  5. Emerald Coast Surfrider says:

    Hey Joey, thanks for the offer to help. I’ll send you an email with contact info for Jack Slattery. Jack will be taking the Panama City sample this week. It would be great if you could meet him and watch the procedure once, then do it the next time around!

  6. Lung tumors says:

    In the mean time use your own water knowledge and senses. Look for tarballs, oil and dispersant along the shore and in the water. (as of yesterday Walton County had many tarballs along the shore). Look for dead fish and animals. Smell the water, air, and sand. Test the water on your skin to see if it burns. And finally, if you are getting in anyway, taste the water. This will not guarantee your safety, but is better than just jumping in and chancing it. (Even better, maybe talk with your friends and carpool to the East coast this weekend for Hurricane Danielle and TS Earl swell)
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