These Three Beaches Under A Recreational Water Advisory

DNREC monitors the waters off the beaches, it tests for levels of Enterococci bacteria. This is at all guarded, and some unguarded, public beaches during the swimming season (summer).
Today Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach-Dagsworthy, and Rehoboth-Rehoboth Ave Beach. All three of these town beaches have high levels of Enterococci bacteria.

DNREC .. “Comments: A water quality advisory has been issued for Rehoboth-Rehoboth Ave Beach following indicator bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard. These bacteria most likely originate from wildlife sources.  Increased rainfall, waves or wildlife feeding near the surf (shorebirds, marine mammals or other warm blooded animals) can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. Recent nearshore concentrations of baitfish and other potential food sources, such as Naked sea angels or sea butterflies? which have been observed in higher concentrations lately, increase the likelihood of wildlife feeding near the surf zone.  A water quality sample has been taken at Rehoboth-Rehoboth Ave Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits. For more information go to

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