Texas Beach Watch reports high levels of fecal bacteria at three Corpus Christi beaches

What is fecal bacteria and should spring breakers be worried? Corpus Christi and Nueces County officials say not this time.

If you are headed down to the Texas Gulf Coast for spring break, there is a warning of high levels of fecal bacteria at some Gulf Coast Beaches.

According to the website, TexasBeachWatch.com, high levels of fecal bacteria are present in parts of Corpus Christi Bay and North Padre Island. It can also be found in Matagorda Bay, Freeport and parts of Galveston. Other areas of the coast are reporting medium levels of fecal bacteria.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, swimming in polluted waters can lead to nausea, vomiting, stomachaches, diarrhea, headache or fever.

Texas Beach Watch is operated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The website will update when Enterococcus bacteria levels in the water exceed the acceptable standards established by the EPA. The Texas GLO works with local governments to issue warnings to the public.

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