BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – State recreational water quality officials announced Thursday that two sound-sites in Brunswick County have levels of bacteria that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency's recreational water quality swimming standards.
The sites affected include Dutchman Creek Park on Fish Factory Road on the mainland side of Oak Island and the Cape Fear River at the beach area adjacent to the Southport Municipal Pier, according to a spokesperson for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
Water quality tests show there's too much bacteria in that area, and people who swim or play in water with high bacteria levels are at an increased risk of gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.
The water will be tested again, and based on those results, state officials may post a swimming advisory sign.
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