BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) — The water quality swimming advisory has been liften because water testing showed that bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Enviornmental Protection Agency's standards set for swimming and water play.
Original news release
An advisory against swimming was posted Thursday, Sept. 22 for the public park on Fish Factory Road near Southport, according to Patricia Smith, the Public Information Officer for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
State officials reportedly found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency's recreational water quality standards.
The beach is not closed. A sign was posted at the location that reads:
ATTENTION SWIMMING IN THIS AREA IS NOT RECOMMENDED. BACTERIA TESTING INDICATES LEVELS OF CONTAMINATION THAT MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH. THIS ADVISORY AFFECTS WATERS WITHIN 200’ OF THIS SIGN. OFFICE OF THE STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR
People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the action level have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections, according to the news release.