Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Swimming advisory lifted in Holden Beach

To kick off the day, the Surf City Ocean Fest will host an "adaptive surf clinic" for young people with disabilities. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Morris)
(Port City Daily/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — After a swimming advisory went into effect last week in Holden Beach, state officials lifted the recommendation as of Thursday.

Water samples have been tested in the oceanside area, located at the Jordan Boulevard public beach access. Results show bacteria levels dropped below North Carolina and the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for swimming and water play. 

The EPA-mandated level is 35 enterococci — found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals — per 100 milliliters of water. Current levels tested below the standard after last week’s advisory noted five samples were showing 37 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water over a 30-day period.

Signs advising against swimming, skiing or other water activities have been removed. 

“People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections,” the release from officials noted.

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program samples 215 sites in coastal waters of the state, mostly on a 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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