UPDATE: Our results did not indicate a significant amount of E. coli. Swimmers should still use caution near storm water pumps. It is our commitment to our community to continue to investigate water quality issues and keep the public informed of potential hazards.
Jun 17, 2020
State recreational water quality officials today advised beachgoers to be aware of the floodwaters being pumped to the ocean surf in Emerald Isle. Surfers and swimmers should avoid these sites.
Recent heavy rains caused flooding of streets, yards, and housing in parts of Emerald Isle and nearby communities. To minimize the flooding damage and to ensure roads are accessible for emergency vehicles, the town has begun pumping floodwater into the ocean around Fawn Drive, Doe Drive and 16th Street. The town is pumping of floodwater into the sound at the end of Channel Drive and at 10012 Coast Guard Road.
These waters can contain pollutants such as waste from wildlife and pets, oil and gasoline from parking lots and waste from septic systems or sewers.