Slaughter Beach Still Under Advisory

Slaughter beach has been under a precautionary advisory since June 13th.  Below is the advisory information from the DNREC page, Delaware Recreational Waters.   If all goes well with their projections the advisory will be lifted on the 21st of August.   If you haven’t seen it on the news yet, New Jersey has closed some beaches they haven’t had to close in almost 20 years.  They are blaming birds as well.  Also the Chesapeake bay looks like Willy Wonka’s chocolate river from all of the silt washing down from the recent storms.  Watermen are concerned for the shellfish industry and the grasses that have finally come back in the bay.  Keep an eye on the waterways you plan to visit over the next week.

 

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Advisory Information
Site: Slaughter Beach
Type: Recreational Water Advisory
Reason: Other
Start Date: 6/13/2018
End Date: 8/21/2018
Description: Precautionary Advisory
Comment: The sample collected at Slaughter Beach on June 12th was 52 CFU/100 ml which is below the recreational water quality criteria of 104 CFU/100 ml. Even though this week’s water sample was below the individual sample threshold, samples taken over the last several weeks have been elevated due to heavy rainfall and storms resulting in the geometric mean of the 5 most recent samples to be above the EPA’s water quality criteria. This precautionary advisory will remain in effect until the geometric mean of the 5 most recent samples is below 35 CFU/100 ml. Slaughter Beach is a well-known horseshoe crab spawning area and can attract large number of shorebirds and wildlife during this time of year, increasing the chances for elevated indicator bacteria levels.

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