Want to get weekly water quality alerts straight to your phone? Text “SWIM” to 33222!
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 late May through the end of August. Sites are monitored for E. coli bacteria in freshwater and enterococci bacteria 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, on our Facebook page, and will be announced on Public Radio East between 4pm and 6pm each Friday. You can also get weekly alerts during the summer via text (text SWIM to 33222 to join our text alert list).
A new season of Swim Guide began Friday, May 22, 2020
Results for July 2nd, 2020:
Upper Neuse Basin
Anderson Point Park, Buffaloe Road Canoe Launch, Milburnie Park Canoe Launch, and Poole Road Canoe Launch failed to meet the water quality standards this week. We recommend you avoid these sites.
All of the recreational sites passed the water quality standards in the Tar-Pamlico basin!
Lower Neuse Basin:
In the Lower Neuse Basin, Brice’s Creek, Oak Bluff Rd, Lawson Park, River Bend, Cow Pen Landing, and Spring Garden failed to meet the water quality standards this week. We recommend you avoid these sites.
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!Volunteer
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.