Monday, June 17, 2024

Swimming advisory lifted for Banks Channel

The Department of Environmental Quality has issued four swim alerts in Wrightsville Beach along the sound-side of Banks Channel after water samples indicate fecal bacteria levels that exceed state and federal standards. (Port City Daily graphic/Benjamin Schachtman)
A swimming advisory has been lifted in part of Banks Channel. (Port City Daily/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Last week a swimming advisory went into effect for part of Banks Channel, due to high levels of bacteria. Today, the state lifted the warning after testing showed water returned to normal levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.

The affected area included the public access off Waynick Boulevard between Snyder and Seashore streets in Wrightsville Beach. Samples fell below the measured 35 enterococci (bacteria found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals) per 100 milliliters of water — “the standard for high-use sites” for the EPA.

As such, signs advising the public to not swim, ski or submerge in the water have been removed. Swimming in water with high levels bacteria mean individuals run the risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections. 

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program samples 215 sites in coastal waters of the state weekly basis from April through October. 

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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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