Swimming alert issued after unsafe bacteria levels found

NEW HANOVER CO., NC (WWAY) -- State recreational water quality officials said today that four swimming alerts have been issued for areas in New Hanover and Pender counties.

Three of the alerts are for sites are in New Hanover county. Two issued affect ocean-side sites near Carolina and Kure Beaches. The first alert is at the vehicle access 600 yards north of Carolina Beach Pier at dune marker #6. The second alert is the public access at the Hanby Beach storm drain off South Lake Park Boulevard. The third alert is in the sound near Wrightsville Beach in Banks Channel at the swimming beach just south of the Coast Guard Station.

State officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.

A fourth swimming alert is for a site in Pender county. Health officials say excessive bateria levels were found at the public sound-side access #S-1 at the end of Shoreline Drive in Topsail Beach.

State officials will test the site again today, and the results of the sampling will dictate further action.

Officials sample 240 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October.

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Carteret County has the Crystal Coast, and judging from our constant swimming alerts, why don't we advertise ourselves as the E. Coli Coast?

The cesspool known as Banks Channel is starting to be a bi-weekly event.