Slaughter Beach is under a water advisory
Due to high levels of the bacterium, enterococcus. DNREC has issued a recreational water advisory. The fact there are more shorebirds in the area may have contributed to this elevated level. Sampling will be done daily until a safe level is detected. The recreational water testing page on DNREC’s website has a map with advisories and the following information …
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.
We will let you know when tests show a safe level, hopefully in time for labor day weekend. The Delware bay moves a lot of water quickly so it should not take long for this bacteria to be diluted out of the area.