A swimming advisory has been issued on September 14 for Hilton Park Beach (225 River Road), Huntington Park Beach (361 Hornet Circle), and King-Lincoln Park Beach (600 Jefferson Avenue) in the City of Newport News.
A swimming advisory was posted on July 20 for an area at the Jockey’s Ridge Sound-side Access in Nags Head where test results of water samples indicated bacteria counts exceeding the state and federal standards. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.
This advisory is not a beach closing, nor does the advisory affect the entire Nags Head area. Swimming advisories are for waters within 200 feet of the sign. The sign posted reads as follows:
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
State officials will continue testing the site, and they will remove the sign and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards.
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.
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.