Half dozen popular swim sites flunk water-quality tests

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina environmental group says a half dozen recreational sites have too much bacteria.

The latest Sound Rivers water-quality tests were taken this week.

“We collected samples on Thursday, when much of central and eastern North Carolina was in the middle of a significant rain event, so it’s not surprising that some sites had extremely elevated levels of E. coli. Stormwater runoff can carry a lot of bacteria into our waterways,” said Clay Barber, program director for Sound Rivers.

On the Tar-Pamlico, Havens Gardens in Washington and Port Terminal in Greenville failed the Swim Guide water-quality test. On the Neuse, Buffaloe Road and Poole Road in Raleigh, Clayton River Walk in Clayton, and Midyette Street in Oriental also failed.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Sound Rivers tests more than 50 sites each week. During the fall, winter, and spring, the group scales that back to just 18 locations each month.