By Outer Banks Voice on May 11, 2022
The lingering stormy weather that has closed schools and roads on Hatteras Island this week may now have created an additional problem. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a release on May 11 warning of potential contamination of ocean waters along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) – and it is citing the ocean waters off Rodanthe and Buxton as particular areas of concern.
Here is the warning.
State recreational water quality officials today advise the public to be aware of potential pollution from possible septic system failures in ocean swimming waters along parts of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina is experiencing extreme high tides caused by a low-pressure system that may have inundated septic system drain fields or caused sewage line breaks at homes in certain areas. The public should avoid swimming in waters near exposed pipes, and should be particularly cautious in the following areas:
While state officials do not have laboratory confirmation that disease-causing organisms are in the water, there is an increased chance that contamination is present in the areas identified, and that those swimming have an increased chance of adverse health effects. Wastewater exposure can cause adverse health effects such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and skin infections, the public is advised to avoid bodily contact with these waters.
Residents and visitors should avoid swimming in these waters until tidal conditions subside and bacteriological testing indicates sample results within state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards. Testing will begin as soon as the area is accessible, and the public will be notified by press release as test results become available.
Recreational water quality officials sample 215 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year when waters are colder.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO REVIEW PLANS FOR AN OUTER BANKS EVENT CENTER
County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.
Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.
Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.