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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Precautionary swim advisory lifted in Oak Island

Bacteria levels at the public access in front of East Beach Drive in Oak Island do not meet state recreational swimming standards. (Port City Daily/File photo)
The state lifted the recreational swimming advisory on Oak Island. (Port City Daily/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — After a Memorial Day weekend of heavy rain, the state issued a precautionary swimming advisory on Oak Island due to flooded streets that potentially push pollutants back into the ocean.

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State recreational water quality officials posted a swim advisory on Friday, May 26 at the oceanfront area near Crowell Street. Floodwaters had to be pumped to clear the roads so emergency vehicles could pass through.

The state agency noted the water could contain “pollutants such as waste from wildlife and pets, oil and gasoline from parking lots and waste from septic systems or sewers” and advised visitors to avoid swimming in the body of water.

That’s now been lifted.

N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program samples 215 sites in coastal waters of the state, most of them on a weekly basis from April through October to ensure its safety. 

More information can be found here.

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Shea Carver
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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