UPDATED: DNREC Water Quality Advisories LIFTED for Broadkill & Slaughter Beach and Lewes Beach North & South

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UPDATED – Wed 4:45PM – DNREC has lifted the water/swimming advisories for Broadkill and Slaughter Beaches and Lewes Beach North and South. All Sussex County areas are currently safe for swimming.

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DNREC has issued Water Quality Advisories for Broadkill and Slaughter Beach and Lewes Beach North and South starting at 2pm Tuesday through 3pm Wednesday.

Description: Advisory
Comments: A water quality advisory has been issued for Broadkill Beach following bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard. This time of year thousands of migrating shorebirds visit the Delaware Bay Coast and the droppings they leave behind contain the same fecal indicator bacteria used to test recreational water quality. Increased rainfall can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. Additional water quality samples have been taken at Broadkill Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits.

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Description: Water Quality Advisory
Comments: A water quality advisory has been issued for Lewes Beach South following bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard.  Increased rainfall and heavy surf can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. In Delaware, increased levels of indicator bacteria primarily originate from wildlife sources such as migratory shore birds, particularly along the Delaware Bay.  Additional water quality samples have been taken at Lewes Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits.

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Description: Advisory
Comments: A water quality advisory has been issued for Slaughter Beach following bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard. This time of year thousands of migrating shorebirds visit the Delaware Bay Coast and the droppings they leave behind contain the same fecal indicator bacteria used to test recreational water quality. Increased rainfall can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. Additional water quality samples have been taken at Slaughter Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits.

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Description: Water Quality Advisory
Comments: A water quality advisory has been issued for Lewes Beach North following bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard.  Increased rainfall and heavy surf can result in these indicator bacteria washing into the near shore waters. In Delaware, increased levels of indicator bacteria primarily originate from wildlife sources such as migratory shore birds, particularly along the Delaware Bay.  Additional water quality samples have been taken at Lewes Beach and the advisory will be lifted once indicator bacteria levels are within the recreational water limits.

For more information go to  http://apps.dnrec.state.de.us/RecWater/