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Water quality swimming alert lifted for sound-side site in Carteret Co.

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MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - A recreational water quality alert issued for an area in Beaufort has been lifted.

State recreational water quality officials on Wednesday alerted the public that initial testing at the Junior Sailing Camp, located at 2452 Lennoxville Rd. in Beaufort showed high levels of bacteria. The levels of bacteria exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency's recreational water quality swimming standards.

Tests done Wednesday indicated the bacteria levels have dropped back to acceptable levels.

Test results of samples collected Tuesday showed bacteria levels of 178 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, according to a press release from NC Environmental Quality. That exceeds the state and federal single-sample standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1 high-usage sites. To find out more about North Carolina's beach water quality, visit the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program website or on Twitter.com/ncrecprgm.

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