State recreational water quality officials today lifted a
precautionary swimming advisory for all coastal waters in Dare County except
where signs are posted.
Test results of water samples taken at swimming sites from
Hatteras Inlet to Southern Shores found that bacteria levels for most waters
meet the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for
swimming and water play.
Signs are posted further north at five Nags Head and Colington
ocean or sound beaches to warn the public against swimming or otherwise
contacting with the water in these areas.
On July 25, state officials advised the public to avoid
swimming in coastal waters in and around Dare and Currituck counties due to
high rainfall and flooding from recent storms that may lead to excessive
bacteria in the water. Floodwaters and stormwater runoff can contain pollutants
such as waste from septic systems, sewer line breaks, pet waste, wildlife,
petroleum products and other chemicals.
State recreational water quality officials sample 209 sites
throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis, from April to
October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year,
when the waters are colder.
For more information about coastal recreational water
quality, visit the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program’s website at:http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or
on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.