As summer draws to a close, beachgoers have just a few more weeks to enjoy the ocean -- and, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, there's no better time than now.
Bacteria levels in the waters off Manasquan and Belmar this week registered at the lowest levels possible, according to the DEP.
In fact, Monday's test results show that the entire Jersey Shore is as pristine as you'll find any time this summer.
Last week, due to high rain activity, some waters of bacteria, forcing the closure of several New Jersey beaches.
This week, however, beaches are as clean as can be.
All six beaches in Manasquan and Belmar tested by the DEP registered less than ten Enterococci per 100 mL of each sample. The State Sanitary Code requires that the concentration of bacteria not exceed 104 Enterococci per 100 mL of sample, the DEP says.
Enterococci is a type of bacteria found in animal and human waste, the DEP says.