Wednesday, July 25, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
issued a precautionary swimming advisory for Dare and Currituck
Counties due to high rainfall and flooding from recent storms that may
lead to excessive bacteria in the water.
“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.”
Since the impacts are likely widespread, it is not possible to post
signs in all areas. The public should avoid swimming in coastal waters
in and around Dare and Currituck counties until bacteriological testing
indicates bacteria levels fall within the state’s and the Environmental
Protection Agency’s standards.
This precautionary advisory should be taken into consideration when
planning to swim in coastal waters until the advisory is rescinded. The
precautionary advisory will be lifted in part or in whole as test
results become available.