UPDATE: Two Water Quality Swimming Alerts Lifted

The all clear has been given for two water quality alerts in the east.

The first advisory was posted Thursday at the public beach access site just north of mile marker 14 at Myrtle Drive on North Topsail Beach in Onslow County.

State recreational water quality officials lifted that swimming advisory Tuesday, because bacteria levels dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency's standards set for swimming and water play.

A second advisory was posted two weeks ago at a swimming area on the Neuse River at 818 Neuse Drive near New Bern. Testing at this site indicated a monthly average of bacteria above the EPA-mandated level for high-use sites.

Signs advising against swimming, skiing or otherwise coming into contact with the water at both sites have been removed.
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The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources says that initial testing at two ocean-side site in Onslow County show levels of bacteria exceeding state and the EPA's recreational water quality swimming standards.

The alerts affect sites in North Topsail Beach. One is located at the regional public access at mile marker 17 on New River Inlet Road and the other at the public beach access just north of mile marker 14 at Myrtle Drive. Samples collected yesterday show test results that exceed the state and federal single-sample standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1 high usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.

State officials will test the site again today, and the results of the sampling will dictate further action. If the new samples also show elevated bacteria counts, state officials will post a swimming advisory sign and issue a swimming advisory.

Meanwhile, an advisory was lifted at a sound-side site in Carteret County.

The advisory was posted at the Junior Sailing Camp in Taylor’s Creek at 2452 Lennoxville Road in Beaufort on Aug 5. This site showed a monthly average of the bacteria enterococci above the EPA-mandated level of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, the standard for high use sites. Subsequent testing at this site found that levels have fallen below the standard. The sign advising against swimming, skiing or otherwise coming into contact with the water has been removed.

The advisory was lifted because water testing 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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