Swimming and other recreational activities in contaminated water can make people ill.
Swimming advisories are typically issued when water sample results exceed the State Water Quality Standard for bacteria in natural waters. State health agencies may also issue advisories after pollution incidents such as sewer overflows, chemical spills, or major storm events.
On October 14, the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program announced a swimming advisory in Dare County.
Program leaders say bacteria levels found in the water at an area in Jockey’s Ridge Sound-side access in Nags Head exceeded the recreational water quality standards.
An advisory doesn’t close the water to swimmers — it just warns you that you face elevated risk. The risk is especially elevated for children, who are more likely to swallow the water, or those who have open wounds or weakened immune systems.
10 On Your Side will continue to update this page as advisories are added or lifted. Check back for updates.
To view the current list of swimming advisories provided by the Virginia Department of Health, click here.
To view the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s list of swimming advisories, click here.
For information on North Carolina Algal Blooms, click here.