Most Swimming Advisories Lifted In Carteret County

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Most of the water quality swimming advisories for Carteret County were lifted Wednesday afternoon by state officials.

On Tuesday, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued swim advisories for multiple sound-side locations in Carteret and Onslow counties because of high bacteria levels.

The state believes high rainfall and flooding from recent storms brought on the higher bacteria levels. They told people to stay out of all sound-side waters in the two counties because they believed the contamination was widespread.

New tests show bacteria levels at three of the four sites in Carteret County had dropped to safe standards and signs warning against swimming have been removed.

A swim advisory remains in effect for the Junior Sailing Camp at Taylor's Creek in Carteret County, as well as for the public access at Morris Landing Road near Holly Ridge in Onslow County.


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People are enjoying potentially contaminated waters, despite the state advising people to stay out.

On Tuesday, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued swim advisories for multiple sound-side locations in Carteret and Onslow counties because of high bacteria levels.

The state believes high rainfall and flooding from recent storms have brought on the higher bacteria levels. They are telling people to stay out of all sound-side waters in the two counties because they believe the contamination is widespread.

But at popular swimming spots like Radio Island, between Morehead City and Beaufort, a posted sign is not keeping many people out of the water. Parents and children are venturing into the water to cool off from the hot day.

State officials say those swimming in the waters risk getting diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

The ocean waters in Carteret and Onslow counties are not affected.


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State officials Tuesday warned people to avoid swimming in sound-side waters in several Eastern Carolina counties.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued swim advisories for four sites in Carteret County, and one in Onslow County because of high bacteria levels.

Test results taken Monday show bacteria levels exceed state and federal limits for swimming and other water activities.

The state believes high rainfall and flooding from recent storms have brought on the higher bacteria levels.

"Waters impacted by these storms can contain elevated levels of bacteria that can make people sick," said J.D. Potts, manager of the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program.

"Floodwaters and stormwater runoff can contain pollutants such as waste from septic systems, sewer line breaks, wildlife, petroleum products and other chemicals. People should avoid swimming near stormwater outfalls and inlets as these areas tend to have concentrated amounts of pollutants," said Potts.

State officials say test results indicate the problem is widespread and people should avoid swimming in all sound-side waters in those counties until levels drop.

The state says so far tests from ocean-side waters have not shown widespread problems.

In Carteret County the sites with swim advisories are the public access off Marine Road on Radio Island, the public swimming area at the end of the North River Bridge near Otway, the public swimming area near the boat ramp adjacent to the ferry landing on Cedar Island, and the Junior Sailing Camp at Taylor's Creek.

In Onslow County an advisory is in effect for the public access at Morris Landing Road near Holly Ridge.

The advisories remain until follow-up tests are done to show bacteria levels have dropped to safe standards.


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