Water Advisory For Lewes, Broadkill, and Slaughter Beaches

DNREC issued a water advisory today for Lewes, Broadkill, and Slaughter beaches.  Water is tested near swimming beaches usually weekly, and after heavy rains.  The following is from the DNREC website about their monitoring.  Also it is important to note that there is a 24/7 swimming advisory for the inland bays.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Recreational Water Program protects the health of swimmers in a number of ways.

  • Shoreline surveys are conducted adjacent to guarded recreational beaches to identify all actual and potential sources of pollution.
  • Water samples are collected at least weekly at all guarded beaches during the swimming season (mid May through Labor Day).
  • Water samples are analyzed to determine the levels of Enterococci bacteria in recreational waters. Enterococcus is one of several indicator organisms that signal the presence of potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. 
  • Signs have been posted at popular public access points around Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay, and Little Assawoman Bay to warn potential swimmers of the risks associated with swimming in poor quality waters.
  • For your health and safety, the Department recommends swimming only at guarded beaches where water samples are collected.
  • There is a permanent caution regarding swimming in the Inland Bays. The Inland Bays suffer from nutrient pollution, coming from failing septic systems, fertilizers and other sources. Water is slow to flush out of these bay, Indian River Bay, Rehoboth Bay and Little Assawoman Bay, so pollutants linger.

For current information about swimming advisories, please click on any of the beaches on the adjacent, or call our toll-free, 24-hour “Beach Hotline” at 1-800-922-WAVE.

LEWES … 

Advisory Information
Site: Lewes Beach North
Type: Recreational Water Advisory
Reason: Bacteria
Start Date: 6/5/2018
End Date: 6/6/2018
Description: Water Quality Advisory
Comment: A water quality advisory has been issued for Lewes Beach North following bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard. Increased rainfall and heavy surf can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. In Delaware, increased levels of indicator bacteria primarily originate from wildlife sources such as migratory shore birds, particularliy along the Delaware Bay. Additional water quality samples have been taken at Lewes Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits.

 

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Broadkill Beach …

Advisory Information
Site: Broadkill Beach
Type: Recreational Water Advisory
Reason: Bacteria
Start Date: 6/5/2018
End Date: 6/6/2018
Description: Advisory
Comment: A water quality advisory has been issued for Broadkill Beach following bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard. This time of year thousands of migrating shorebirds visit the Delaware Bay Coast and the droppings they leave behind contain the same fecal indicator bacteria used to test recreational water quality. Increased rainfall can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. Additional water quality samples have been taken at Broadkill Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits.

 

Slaughter Beach …

Advisory Information
Site: Slaughter Beach
Type: Recreational Water Advisory
Reason: Bacteria
Start Date: 6/5/2018
End Date: 6/6/2018
Description: Advisory
Comment: A water quality advisory has been issued for Slaughter Beach following bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard. This time of year thousands of migrating shorebirds visit the Delaware Bay Coast and the droppings they leave behind contain the same fecal indicator bacteria used to test recreational water quality. Increased rainfall can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. Additional water quality samples have been taken at Slaughter Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits.

 

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