Swimming Alert Cancelled For Ocean Side Of Hammocks Beach State Park

The state Division of Environmental Health has lifted a water quality swimming alert for part of Hammocks Beach State Park.

Additional sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.


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There is a swimming alert for people visiting parts of Hammocks Beach State Park.

State environmental health officials says water tested on the ocean side of Bear Island in Onslow County shows bacteria levels exceeding EPA standards.

State official have yet to post a swimming advisory for Bear Island. They will test the waters again today to see if the bacteria levels continue to be high. If so, the state says swimming advisory signs will be posted.

Samples collected Monday show 124 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water. The state and federal standard is 104 enterococci.


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  • by To Lily Location: LA on Aug 4, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    Where did you get the info that it was due to a wastewater release? Some of the contamianats are naturally occouring but only in high concentrations under specific conditions.
  • by Lily Location: Morehead City on Aug 4, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    What a shame....one of our last prestine and undeveloped beaches closed due to over development at the coast and release of contaminated water. We need proper wastewater treatment here at the coast !!!! Raleigh do SOMETHING !!!! Just breaks my heart to heat this news...it is a sad day for the NC coast.
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