The enderococci figure at Miller Beach in Highlands was extremely high the past June indicated the presence of pathogens that could have caused illness in humans. According to Manasquan Patch, there were stormwater pipes, which failed in June causing the higher bacteria levels.
If an initial sample at any particular beach comes in at 104 or higher, (Miller Beach was <911) a re-sample is immediately required and a sanitary test of the area is conducted. The monitors will collect a sample at the center site, and then perform bracketing samples by sampling side to side to determine the extent of contamination.
If two consecutive samples exceed the standard, the bathing beach closes until sample results are back below 104. July samples at Miller Beach came back down to <21, so no closures were mandated.