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.
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.