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TEXAS CITY, Texas Galveston County beaches already have registered more waterborne bacteria advisories this year than in all of 2011, but that s likely attributable to last year s record drought.

The Galveston County Health District collects weekly water samples at 52 sites along beaches along Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula and the Texas City Dike to detect whether the amount of enterococci bacteria exceeds the recommended recreational standard. The presence of enterococci is an indicator of fecal matter in water.

The district counts the bacteria colony-forming units at the Public Health Lab in Texas City. The numbers tend to be higher after rainwater runoff collects in the Gulf and bay, district spokesman Kurt Koopmann said.

To read more, visit the Galveston Daily News.

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