N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources water quality officials lifted water quality swimming advisories for two locations along Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach Thursday, Sept. 4.
The advisories were lifted because water testing showed that bacteria levels dropped below the NCDENR and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.
The first was posted Aug. 5 ,at the corner of Waynick Boulevard and Sunset Aveune. The second was posted Aug. 26, at the beach just south of U.S. Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach. Both of these sites showed a monthly average of the bacteria enterococci above the EPA-mandated level of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, which is the standard for high use sites.
Subsequent testing at these sites found that levels have fallen below the standard. The signs advising against swimming, skiing or otherwise coming into contact with the water have been removed.