Swim water quality appears to be fine at New Jersey beaches inspected by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). However, five beaches are temporarily off-limits for issues that have nothing to do with bacteria levels.


The DEP's coastal monitoring portal lists one site each in Long Branch, Long Beach and Atlantic City, and two in Highlands, as closed for matters such as storm damage, beach replenishment and construction.

There is no indication of the time frame for each.

Inspectors who conducted weekly fly-bys this morning had one extra note - they spotted dolphins romping off the shores of Sea Isle City and Wildwood.

The next chance of showers and thunderstorms arrives Tuesday. Runoff from precipitation, and tidal turbulence, typically elevate bacteria levels, raising the possibility of additional closures.

Advisories are posted for beaches in which swim water reveals bacteria readings above state standards. They are re-tested the following day, and closed if levels remain excessive.

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