The Dirty Myrtle Is Back

No-swim advisory issued in North Myrtle Beach …

Just in time for the summer tourism season, the heart of South Carolina’s Grand Strand is dealing with dirty water again.

According to a release from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), a section of coastline in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. has been placed under a short-term swimming advisory.

Meaning a “no-swim” advisory.

“Bacteria levels that are above state and federal standards have been detected in this area of water, and swimming is not advised in the area until bacteria levels return to normal,” the release noted.

The area in question is located at the public access point at 17th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Or, here …

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Officials made clear the beach is not closed – it is just not a good idea to go swimming.

“It’s safe to wade, collect shells and fish within this swimming advisory area,” the advisory added. “However, it’s advised that people entering the water in this area refrain from swallowing it, and that people with open wounds or compromised immune systems avoid contact with the water.”

SCDHEC takes regular water samples at more than 120 locations along South Carolina’s coastline between May 1 and October 1 each year. If elevated bacteria levels are discovered, the agency “issues an advisory for that portion of the beach.”

To learn more about the agency’s beach monitoring process, click here.




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