Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Swimming advisories lifted at New Hanover County soundside sites

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Water quality swimming advisories were lifted Tuesday in both Wrightsville and Carolina beaches.

The first advisory lifted, which was posted Sept. 24, affects the public soundside access at the corner of Waynick Boulevard and Sunset Avenue in Wrightsville Beach. It registered a monthly average of the bacteria enterococci above the EPA-mandated level of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, the standard for high-use sites.

Also lifted was the advisory posted at the public access to Masonboro Sound at the end of Florida Avenue in Carolina Beach on Oct. 7. Water samples were taken Oct. 5 and 6, which showed bacteria levels exceeding 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, the standard for recreational use coastal waters.

Testing of water samples were conducted ahead of both advisories being lifted to ensure state recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels dropped below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.

Signs posted advising no swimming, skiing or coming in contact with the affected water have now been removed.

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program or to a view a map of testing sites, visit the program’s website.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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