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Hoonah Alaska Beaches

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2021 Hoonah Beaches

Bacteria monitoring on Hoonah beaches will begin in late May and continue through the 2021 recreational season. Sampling will occur weekly at Inner Point Sophia and Gartina Harbor Way beaches. Bacteria monitoring is conducted to evaluate potential public health risks indicated by fecal coliform and enterococci bacteria, and to notify the public when levels exceed state standards. For more detailed information, click on the document links below.

Beach Data Results

  Inner Point Sophia Beach   Gartina Harbor Way Beach
Sample Date Fecal Coliform Enterococcus   Fecal Coliform Enterococcus
May 25 8 <10 (ND)   86 <10 (ND)
June 1 42 <10 (ND)   35 <10 (ND)
June 8 3 <10 (ND)   10 <10 (ND)
June 16 8 <10 (ND)   48 30
June 22 2 <10 (ND)   37 <10 (ND)
June 29 <2 (ND) <10 (ND)   3 <10 (ND)
July 7 <2 (ND) <10 (ND)   <2 (ND) <10 (ND)
July 14 2 <10 (ND)   2 <10 (ND)
July 20 <2 (ND) 10   <2 (ND) <10 (ND)
July 28 2 <10 (ND)   2 10
August 3 <2 (ND) 10   15 41
August 10 2 <10 (ND)   130 10
August 24 <2 (ND) <10 (ND)   22 <10 (ND)
August 31 5 <10 (ND)   2 <10 (ND)
September 7 below criteria below criteria   below criteria below criteria

Criteria exceedance in bold text.
ND = Not Detected.
Below criteria = less than 130 cfu/100ml enterococci and 31 cfu/100ml fecal coliform. Numeric value is shown when it comes available from the analytical laboratory (usually within 10 business days).

See also page 27 of: 18 AAC 70 Alaska Water Quality Standards (amended as of March 5, 2020) - (14) Bacteria, For Marine Water Uses

(B) Water Recreation
(i) contact recreation
In a 30-day period, the geometric mean of samples may not exceed 35 enterococci CFU/100 ml, and not more than 10% of the samples may exceed a statistical threshold value (STV) of 130 enterococci CFU/100 ml.
(ii) secondary recreation
In a 30-day period, the geometric mean of samples may not exceed 200 fecal coliform/100ml, and not more than 10% of the samples may exceed 400 fecal coliform/100ml.
(D) Harvesting for Consumption of Raw Mollusks or Other Raw Aquatic Life
The geometric mean of samples may not exceed 14 fecal coliform/100 ml; and not more than 10% of the samples may exceed; 31 CFU per 100 ml for a membrane filtration test.

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