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Report: N.C. Beaches Among the Cleanest

July 29, 2008

By Wade Rawlins, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

Jul. 29–Visitors to North Carolina beaches are swimming at some of the cleanest beaches in the nation according to the annual survey of water quality at public beaches released Tuesday.

Nancy Stoner, director of the clean water project for the Natural Resources Defense Council, which compiles the report, said only 1 percent of water samples collected at North Carolilna beaches exceeded the bacterial standards last year.

Of 240 sites tested weekly or bi-weekly at North Carolina beaches along the ocean and soundfronts, 14 sites had levels of bacteria that exceeded safe limits once or more last year, the Natural Resources Defense Council announced today.

Carteret County had the most trouble spots with four, followed by New Hanover and Currituck and Dare counties with three each, and Chowan with one.

The beaches include:

–Southern Shores Private Soundside Access in Dare County, which had 20 percent of its samples exceeding the safe limit

–The dock at the end of state road 1245 in Currituck County: 13 percent exceeding safe limits

–The swimming area at the end of state road 1142 in Currituck County: 13 percent

–North River at Highway 70 bridge in Carteret County: 13 percent

–Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach at Waynick Boulevard about 150 yards north of Iula Street in New Hanover County: 10 percent

–Town Creek in Carteret County: 9 percent

–Jockey’s Ridge Soundside Access in Dare County: 7 percent

–Park on Woodhouse Drive in Grandy, Currituck County: 7 percent

–Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach at Waynick Blvd. between Snyder and Seashore streets in New Hanover: 7 percent

–Cedar Island Beach Area southeast of the Wildlife Ramp in Carteret County: 7 percent

–Chowan River Wildlife Ramp on the east side of the bridge in Chowan County: 7 percent

–Fort Fisher Beach adjacent to the NCWRC Ramp in New Hanover County: 7 percent

–Roanoke Sound, Manteo Waterfront on the southwest side of Doug in Dare County: 7 percent

–Core Sound White Point in Carteret County: 7 percent

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