Water quality swim advisories issued in Dare County

By on July 3, 2024

(North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality)

7/16/24 UPDATE: Swimming advisory lifted in Colington Harbour, remain in effect in for two Nags Head sites

Update: On July 10, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality stated that the swimming advisories will stay in place. It reported that the single samples collected this week are within safe swimming standards, but the monthly logarithmic average at all three locations is still exceeding.  The average tells us that the last 5 samples collected were elevated, which indicates a constant source effecting the water quality.  The ocean outfalls are a big contributor.


July 3: Advisories against swimming were posted on July 3 in three locations in Dare County, where state recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.

State officials believe that stormwater runoff from recent heavy rainfall contributed to the high bacteria counts.

Signs advising the public against swimming and water play were posted at the following areas:
  • Sound-side swimming area in Colington Harbour located at the end of Colington Drive in Kill Devil Hills at the swim beach facing the Croatan Sound.
  • Ocean-side swimming areas in Nags Head located at the public beach accesses at East Abalone Street and at East Curlew Street.

Water samples taken on July 1 and July 2 indicate levels that exceed the running monthly average of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters of sample, based on five samples taken within a 30-day period.

Enterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, is found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it is not known to cause illness, scientific studies show that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

These advisories are not a beach closing, nor do the advisories affect the entire Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills areas. Swimming advisories are for waters within 200 feet of the sign.

State officials will continue testing the sites, and they will remove the signs and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards.

Recreational water quality officials sample 221 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 fewer people are in the water.

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program or to a view a map of testing sites, visit the program’s website, and follow the program’s Twitter feed.


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  • WindyBill

    As Forrest G said “It happens.” It’s time for the water test agency to look really hard at the sources of the problem. Most everyone has ideas: bird feeding, too many septics, hot water temps, and so on; how about the agency really investigate causes so everyone can focus on them.

    Friday, Jul 5 @ 4:57 pm
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