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Tiny Piney Creek contaminated with human fecal matter, study says

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Residents in Oak Island and Caswell Beach can learn more about the pollution in one of the island's creeks during a meeting Tuesday night.

UNCW Marine Science Professor Dr. Michael Mallin took samples for five months from Tiny Piney Creek, which is the main drainage system for both Oak Island and Caswell Beach and eventually pours into the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Residents were concerned about high bacteria levels in the water.

Researchers with UNCW's Center for Marine Science discovered high levels of fecal bacteria more than a year ago, which was a surprise to many town leaders.

Mallin's most recent report shows there is widespread human fecal contamination in the creek, with bacteria levels that exceed the state standard.  One of the most contaminated areas is by a sewage lift station.

The details of the creek study will be presented during Tuesday's Oak Island Town Council Meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m.


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