Several NC River sites fail the fecal bacteria test

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A group that monitors river quality in North Carolina says four sites are unsafe for swimming due to high fecal bacteria.

The Sound Rivers group monitors over 50 areas in the Tar-Pamlico and Upper Neuse watersheds. Each week, a team of volunteers from the group collect water samples from popular resort spots in the area from Raleigh-Durham to Pamlico Sound.

The samples are tested for the bacterium E. coli. The results were presented to the public on Friday.

This week the canoe launch at Buffaloe Road, Smithfield Town Commons and the Riverwalk and Neuse Golf Club in Clayton tested positive for fecal bacteria.

According to Sound Rivers, the numbers exceeded recommended state and federal standards for recovery.

“That means you don’t want prolonged contact — it’s a good idea to keep your eyes, ears, nose and mouth out of the water in these places,” said Clay Barber, Sound Rivers environmental project director.

Boaters, swimmers, and their pets should avoid or exercise caution in the water in these locations, as exposure may be associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders and skin infections.

Each week the group tests 54 sites from Raleigh/Durham to Pamlico Sound. Several NC River sites fail the fecal bacteria test


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