Swim Alert Lifted For Bear Island In Onslow County

State officials say a swimming alert for one one popular beach has been lifted.

On Tuesday a swimming alert was issued for Bear Island in Onslow County because of high bacteria found.

Now, state officials say new tests show the bacteria levels have dropped
to acceptable levels and a swimming alert has been lifted.

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If the recent sunshine has you beach bound, there is a swimming alert you should consider before hitting the water in Onslow County.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources website shows officials completed a water check on Monday morning about a mile southwest of the Bogue Inlet. Specifically, the sample was taken along the ocean-side of Bear Island.

That sample showed a higher than normal level of enterococci bacteria. That level was higher than acceptable state and federal standards.

With a swimming alert, it is standard procedure for the Department to test the water again to determine if a swimming advisory will be posted.

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