Thursday, July 31, 2008

N.C. beaches are clean. Brilliant!

North Carolina can boast some of the cleanest beaches in which to swim in the nation, according to a recent report.

"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," according to the News & Observer.

"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.

"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."

According to the report, the safest spots were Jockey's Ridge Soundside Access in Dare County, Park on Woodhouse Drive in Grandy, Currituck County, Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach at Waynick Blvd. between Snyder and Seashore streets in New Hanover, Cedar Island Beach Area southeast of the Wildlife Ramp in Carteret County, Chowan River Wildlife Ramp on the east side of the bridge in Chowan County, Fort Fisher Beach adjacent to the NCWRC Ramp in New Hanover County, Roanoke Sound, Manteo Waterfront on the southwest side of Doug in Dare County, and Core Sound White Point in Carteret County. All tested with 7 percent levels of bacteria.

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