The state has lifted swimming advisories and alerts, while new ones have been updated.
The following swimming advisories posted on September 10th have been lifted:
o Shellrock Landing Wildlife Ramp in Hubert
o Wards Shore Public Access off of South Water Street in Swansboro
o Brown’s Island public beach in Core Sound near Harkers Island
o Shell Point off of Core Sound in Harkers Island
o Intracoastal Waterway, Highway 210 bridge at Surf City
o Corolla Ramp at the end of Beach Access Road in Corolla
The state says additional samples taken in Dare County showed bacteria levels still exceed the state and federal recreational water standards.
Because of the continued contamination, those alerts have now been upgraded to advisories.
o Southern Shores Private Soundside Access in Southern Shores
o Bath house near state road 1206 in Kitty Hawk
o Beach access at Sportsman Drive in Kill Devil Hills
A warning about high bacteria levels being reported in the water in several counties along the coast.
State environmental health officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed state and EPA quality standards. You shouldn't swim on the sound-side swimming sites in Pender, Onslow, Carteret, Dare, and Currituck Counties.
Storm water runoff following all the rain earlier this week is thought to be the cause of contamination.
Meanwhile, the state has lifted a swimming advisory for parts of Onslow Beach at Camp Lejeune.
That advisory was lifted because water testing shows bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.
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