From Sound Rivers
WASHINGTON [June 17, 2022] – Dinah’s Landing at Goose Creek State Park was the only site, out of 23, to fail this week’s Swim Guide test.
According to Sound Rivers executive director Heather Deck, the high number could be attributed to wildlife — ducks, in this case — congregating around the sampling site.
Unlike the very high levels of E. coli found last week at Mason’s Landing in Washington, this week the numbers returned to normal at the popular boat launch and kayak launch.
Swim Guide is an international water quality program run locally by Sound Rivers, a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to keep North Carolina’s waterways passable, swimmable and safe to drink.
Each week, a team of Sound Rivers volunteers collects water samples at 54 popular recreation sites along the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins from the Raleigh-Durham area to the Pamlico Sound. The samples are then tested for E. coli bacteria by Sound Rivers staff, and the results are made public, providing an easy way to know where it is safe to swim. Where this is not the case, boaters, swimmers and their pets should avoid the water or exercise caution at these sites, as exposure to bacteria-laden waters is associated with increased risk of gastrointestinal diseases and skin infections.
Twenty-three of Swim Guide’s 54 sampling sites are located in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin: five recreational sites at Lake Royale near Louisburg; Tar River Reservoir and Battle Park at Rocky Mount; River Road boat access near Tarboro; Town Common, Wildwood Park and Port Terminal in Greenville; Yankee Hall in Pactolus; the downtown waterfront, Mason’s Landing boat launch and Havens Gardens in Washington; Chocowinity Bay at Cypress Landing; Broad Creek at Pamlico Plantation; Blounts Bay and Blounts Creek at Cotton Patch Landing; Dinah’s Landing at Goose Creek State Park; Bonner Point and Plum Point on Bath Creek; and the Pungo River at Woodstock Point, near Belhaven.
The Sound Rivers Swim Guide Program is sponsored by the Water Quality Fund in memory of Gene Pate, Grady-White Boats, Cummins, Edward Jones – Rod Cantrell, Cypress Landing, UNC Lenoir Health Care, The Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary National Program, Greenville (evening) Rotary Club, UNC Pavel Molchanov Scholars, ECU SECU Public Fellows Internship Foundation, City of Greenville, Lake Royale Property Owners Association, Melinda Vann and David Silberstein, and Wendy and Tim Wilson . To sign up for Swim Guide notifications, go to www.sounddrivers.org/swimguide or text “SWIM” to 33222 for weekly water quality updates. For more information on Sound Rivers, visit soundrivers.org.