NJ beaches all clear after fecal bacteria warnings ahead of July 4th weekend

Attention beachgoers - the crappy news is over for now!

Swimming advisories have been lifted at five New Jersey beaches after high levels of fecal bacteria were found in the water Wednesday.

"Swimming Advisories warn the public of potentially unhealthy water conditions," the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says.

One beach in South Jersey was included in the water advisory, which was lifted just in time for all the Fourth of July festivities at the shore:

  • Atlantic City: Arkansas Beach
  • Beachwood Borough: Beachwood Beach West
  • Long Beach Township: Stockton Beach
  • Ship Bottom Borough: 14th St. Bay Front
  • Stafford Township: Jennifer Lane Beach

By Thursday morning, water quality results were again within standards and the swimming advisories for all five beaches were lifted. The beaches were never closed.

Officials say beaches would close if two consecutive samples exceed the state standard.