Gulf Coast beaches have high levels of fecal bacteria

- Bad news if you're heading to Gulf Coast beaches for spring break -- there are high levels of fecal bacteria.

Texas Beach Watch is reporting fecal bacteria in areas from the Bolivar Peninsula all the way down through Corpus Christi and to South Padre Island.

The high level alerts include Port Bolivar, Surfside, Freeport areas and Jetty Park in Matagorda County.

Galveston, Corpus Christi and South Padre Island have medium to low-level alerts of fecal bacteria.

Texas Beach Watch reports only on the enterococcus (fecal) bacteria.  It does not test for the vibrio vulnificus bacteria, which is naturally occurring in coastal temperate waters.

To see if your area or a place you plan to visit is on alert, click here.

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