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No swimming at some NC beaches due to high bacteria levels

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A map of the swimming areas along the NC coast that are affected by the recent high levels of bacteria. A map of the swimming areas along the NC coast that are affected by the recent high levels of bacteria.
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -

Six advisories and three alerts were issued against swimming Tuesday at nine ocean-side sites along the coast of North Carolina.

State recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.

The advisories affect the public beach access at Fort Macon State Park at the end of Picnic Park Drive in Atlantic Beach; the public beach access at the end of Henderson Boulevard in Atlantic Beach; the public beach access at the end of New Bern Street in Atlantic Beach; the public beach access at mile marker 4 ½ off N.C. 58 in Atlantic Beach; the public beach access at mile marker 15 off N.C. 58 in Emerald Isle; and the public beach access at mile marker 19 ½ at the end of Bogue Inlet Drive adjacent to the ocean pier in Emerald Isle.

The alerts affect the public beach access at Memorial Park near mile marker 6 off N.C. 58 in Pine Knoll Shores; the public beach access located half of a mile west of mile marker 10 off N.C. 58 in Salter Path; and the public beach access at mile marker 12 off N.C. 58 in Indian Beach.

State officials posted signs at the sites under advisory to notify the public of the risks of swimming in these areas. The advisories are not a beach closing, nor do the advisories affect the entire Bogue Banks area. Swimming advisories affect water within 200 feet of the sign.

DENR told WITN that when there are many advisories, they start looking for obvious sources of pollution, but so far there are no reported sewage spills in the area.

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