Current Conditions:

Hurricane Florence has caused many spills from our sewer infrastructure, flooding of industrial hog and poultry facilities, and many other sources of pollution.

On September 21st, 28th, and October 4th we collected samples at the following locations to try and provide some direct information to the public. Our samples largely came back showing low levels of fecal bacteria, yet other pollutants may be in the water, including viruses, infectious diseases, chemical hazards and other types of bacteria that our sampling does not have the ability to check for.

As of October 5, the State of North Carolina has lifted coastal swim advisories, and re-opened most shellfishing areas.

September 21st sample results:
Tar River at Greenville – low E. coli bacteria levels
Pamlico River at Washington – low E. coli bacteria levels
Neuse River at New Bern – low E. coli  bacteria levels
Trent River at New Bern – low E. coli bacteria levels

September 28th sample results:
Tar-Pamlico:
Tar River at Town Common – low E. coli bacteria levels
Pamlico River at Washington Waterfront – low E. coli bacteria levels
Pamlico River at Swan Point – low E. coli bacteria levels
Tranter’s Creek – low E. coli bacteria levels
Broad Creek – low E. coli bacteria levels
Chocowinity Bay – low E. coli bacteria levels
Blounts Creek – low E. coli bacteria levels
Neuse:
Cowpen Landing – low E. coli bacteria levels
Bridgeton – low E. coli bacteria levels
Pollocksville – high E. coli bacteria levels
Spring Garden – low E. coli bacteria levels
Trent Woods – high E. coli bacteria levels

October 4th sample results:
Tar-Pamlico:

Tar River at Town Common – low E. coli bacteria levels
Tar River at Port Terminal – low E. coli
Pamlico River at Washington Waterfront – low E. coli bacteria levels

Broad Creek – low E. coli bacteria levels
Bath Creek – low E. coli bacteria levels
Pungo River at Woodstock Point -low E. coli bacteria levels
Chocowinity Bay – low E. coli bacteria levels

Blounts Creek – low E. coli bacteria levels
Neuse:
Cowpen Landing – low E. coli bacteria levels
Bridgeton – low E. coli bacteria levels
Trent Woods – low E. coli bacteria levels
Pollocksville – low E. coli bacteria levels
Core Creek – low E. coli bacteria levels
Spring Garden – low E. coli bacteria levels

Text “SWIM” to 33222 to get weekly text alerts June-August, and occasional important updates throughout the rest of the year.

 

Sound Rivers’ Neuse and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeepers work with interns and volunteers to monitor water quality sites in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. Our sites are sampled weekly from June 1st through August 31st. Sites are monitored for E. coli in freshwater and enterococci in salt water.

As soon as results of our monitoring are available they will be posted to here, can be found at the Swim Guide website, using the smartphone app, or get weekly alerts via text.

Text SWIM to 33222 to join our text alert list.

Help Monitor Your Watershed!

Want to help monitor sites in the Tar-Pamlico or Neuse River watersheds? We’d love to have your help in checking if our water is safe and clean!

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Water Quality Criteria

Sound Rivers uses the North Carolina, and EPA water quality criteria for contact recreation. Sites are marked green when the last sample was at healthy levels of bacteria. Sites are marked red when the last sample was above the criteria, or unhealthy levels of bacteria. Sites are marked grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

E. coli is a type of bacteria found in the intestines of people and other animals, and is a good indicator of recent fecal contamination. While most types of these bacteria are harmless, some types can make us sick or cause more severe gastrointestinal issues in more sensitive groups.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries Recreational Water Quality Program does additional testing in the region. Those results are also incorporated into the sites listed on the Swim Guide website and smartphone app.