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Elevated bacteria levels at three ocean-side sites in Brunswick County

According to recent state water quality testing, bacteria levels are high in Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle.

State water quality testing revealed elevated bacteria levels at three ocean-side sites in Brunswick County. (Port City Daily photo/File) 
State water quality testing revealed elevated bacteria levels at three ocean-side sites in Brunswick County. (Port City Daily photo/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — State water quality tests reveal three ocean-side sites in Brunswick County have elevated levels of bacteria.

The levels exceed state and federal recreational swimming quality standards. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a swimming alert for areas in Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach.

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Water quality exceeds standards Thursday at the public beach accesses in front of the Ocean Isle pier, in front of the Sunset Beach pier and at public beach accesses on the eastern end of Sunset Beach.

Testing will continue tomorrow, a DEQ release states. If bacteria levels are still high, DEQ will issue a swimming advisory and post signs at elevated sites.

More information on the DEQ’s findings can be found here.


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