That t here are high levels of bacteria in the waters off the Texas coast is as surprising as news that venturing into them will make you wet. The combination of heat and fecal matter flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is a perfect recipe for such bacteria to form.

A study released last month by the Environment Texas Center ranked three Brazoria County beaches among the seven worst in the state for fecal bacteria. Surfside Beach ranked third-worst behind only Cole and Ropes Park in Nueces County, while Follet’s Island was listed fifth and Quintana ranked seventh.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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