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Water Quality

Water Quality Swimming Alerts issued in Surf City, Caswell Beach

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State officials today are notifying the public that testing at an ocean-side site in Pender County showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards. Full story...
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Swimming advisory lifted near Southport city pier

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The state Division of Marine Fisheries today lifted a water quality swimming advisory for a sound-side swimming area in Brunswick County. Full story...
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Swimming advisories and alert lifted in New Hanover County

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The state Division of Marine Fisheries today lifted three water quality swimming advisories and one swimming alert in New Hanover County. Full story...
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Beach Water Quality Swimming Advisory issued for sound-side site in Brunswick County

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An advisory against swimming was posted today at a sound-side site in Brunswick County, where state officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency's recreational water quality standards. Full story...
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Swimming advisories issued for three sites in New Hanover County

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Three recreational swimming advisories and one alert were issued today at ocean-side and sound-side locations in New Hanover County. State officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards. Full story...
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Hot weather, drought conditions contribute to algal blooms in Cape Fear River

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The hot and dry weather that has dominated the area over the last several weeks is contributing to extensive algal blooms in the Cape Fear River and the Northeast Cape Fear River, according to officials with the NC Division of Water Quality. Full story...
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BSL lake could stay closed through weekend

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The City of Boiling Spring Lakes has closed Spring Lake for testing. City Clerk Linda Merry says the city closed the lake yesterday after finding out Wednesday that a baby may have gotten sick after swimming in the lake recently. Full story...
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Water Quality Swimming Alert lifted for ocean-side site in Brunswick County

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The state Division of Environmental Health today lifted a water quality swimming alert at an ocean-side site in Brunswick County. The alert affected waters at the public beach access located at the east end of Holden Beach. Full story...
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Water Quality Swimming Alert issued for site at Holden Beach

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The alert affects waters at the public beach access located at the east end of Holden Beach. Samples collected yesterday show test results of 111 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, which exceeds the state and federal single-sample standard 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. Full story...
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CFCC students want your water samples to test

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Cape Fear Community College wants to find out what's in your water. CFCC students are taking a closer look at the area's water sources as part of a study funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Full story...
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Ocean water at Myrtle Beach is dirtiest in SC

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The Charlotte Observer reports that while South Carolina ranks eighth in the nation in terms of beach water quality, but Horry County beach water is the dirtiest in the state. Full story...
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Swimming advisories issued at Oak Island

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Swimming advisories and alerts are recommendations that people have no full body contact with the water in a specific area for public health reasons. Full story...
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Water quality alert in Brunswick County

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A water quality swimming alert is in effect in Brunswick County. State health officials found high levels of bacteria in the Cape Fear River at the beach area near the municipal pier in Southport. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach Considers Ban On Human Waste Disposal On Boats

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videoWrightsville Beach town officials are exploring the possibility of prohibiting boaters from dumping waste from their onboard toilets into the public waters around town. Some say it's time to flush out the problem before it's too late. Full story...
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Swimming advisory at Wrightsville Beach lifted

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State environmentalists have given the O.K. to swim in Banks Channel. Full story...
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