Two swimming advisories remain in effect for two locations in Wrightsville and Kure Beach. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
Two swimming advisories remain in effect for two locations in Wrightsville and Kure Beach.
On Tuesday, state recreational water quality officials issued four advisories and three alerts against swimming at seven locations in New Hanover County. Officials have since lifted three of the advisories and two of the alerts.
Officials found bacteria levels in the water exceeded state and EPA standards. Stormwater runoff from heavy rainfall is believed to have contributed to the high bacteria counts.
The remaining swimming advisories are issued for Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach at the public beach access at the corner of
Waynick Boulevard and Sunset Avenue and at the ocean pier at Avenue K in Kure Beach.
Water samples taken on Monday indicated levels that exceed the state and federal action levels of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1 high usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.
Enterococci are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it does not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms.
State officials posted signs at the sites under advisory to notify the public of the risks of swimming in these areas.
The advisories are not a beach closing, nor do the advisories affect the entire Wrightsville and Kure Beach areas. Swimming advisories affect water within 200 feet of the sign.