Funding agreement allows continued recreational water quality monitoring

Funding agreement allows continued recreational water quality monitoring

RALEIGH – The state will be able to continue water quality testing at 38 coastal swimming sites that had been on the chopping block due to cuts in federal funding.

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, provided a $20,000 grant to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to continue monitoring the sites in northeastern North Carolina.

“This is a great example of the inter-divisional partnerships and coordination being instituted within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, or DMF. “This funding is a huge help to a program that is very important to our coastal region and our many constituents.”

Bill Crowell, director of APNEP, echoed Daniel’s sentiments.

“This program is vital to public health along our coasts. In lean financial times, we’re pleased that our advisory board can provide support to DMF in these critical efforts.”

The 38 swimming sites are along the Neuse River, The Pamlico River, Pantego Creek near Belhaven, Swan Quarter Bay in Hyde County, Vandemere Creek in Pamlico County, and tributaries of the Albemarle Sound. More than half of the 38 sites are at public beaches or near popular summer camps including Camp Vandemere, Camp Don Lee, Camp Hardee, Camp Caroline, Camp Seafarer and Camp Seagull.

The division receives federal assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Recreational Water Quality Program. Due to budget reductions that were part of the federal government sequestration, the program had planned to suspend the monitoring of 41 sampling sites until funding was restored.

Afterward, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base agreed to take over testing of two sites on the New River, the swimming beach at Southwest Creek and at the mouth of Northeast Creek.

Sites monitored through the division’s Recreational Water Quality Program are tested for high bacterial concentrations in coastal recreational waters to protect public health. The program notifies the public when bacteria levels exceed standards for safe bodily contact. Swimming in polluted waters can cause gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rashes and infections.

Sites are tested during the swimming season that runs from April 1 to Oct. 31. All ocean beaches and high-use sound-side beaches are tested weekly from April through September; lower-use beaches are tested twice a month.

In addition to protecting public health, the program provides a long-term source of data to study water quality trends in North Carolina’s sounds. Many of these sites have been regularly monitored since 1997.

Funding agreement allows continued recreational water quality monitoring

RALEIGH – The state will be able to continue water quality testing at 38 coastal swimming sites that had been on the chopping block due to cuts in federal funding.

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, provided a $20,000 grant to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to continue monitoring the sites in northeastern North Carolina.

“This is a great example of the inter-divisional partnerships and coordination being instituted within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, or DMF. “This funding is a huge help to a program that is very important to our coastal region and our many constituents.”

Bill Crowell, director of APNEP, echoed Daniel’s sentiments.

“This program is vital to public health along our coasts. In lean financial times, we’re pleased that our advisory board can provide support to DMF in these critical efforts.”

The 38 swimming sites are along the Neuse River, The Pamlico River, Pantego Creek near Belhaven, Swan Quarter Bay in Hyde County, Vandemere Creek in Pamlico County, and tributaries of the Albemarle Sound. More than half of the 38 sites are at public beaches or near popular summer camps including Camp Vandemere, Camp Don Lee, Camp Hardee, Camp Caroline, Camp Seafarer and Camp Seagull.

The division receives federal assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Recreational Water Quality Program. Due to budget reductions that were part of the federal government sequestration, the program had planned to suspend the monitoring of 41 sampling sites until funding was restored.

Afterward, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base agreed to take over testing of two sites on the New River, the swimming beach at Southwest Creek and at the mouth of Northeast Creek.

Sites monitored through the division’s Recreational Water Quality Program are tested for high bacterial concentrations in coastal recreational waters to protect public health. The program notifies the public when bacteria levels exceed standards for safe bodily contact. Swimming in polluted waters can cause gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rashes and infections.

Sites are tested during the swimming season that runs from April 1 to Oct. 31. All ocean beaches and high-use sound-side beaches are tested weekly from April through September; lower-use beaches are tested twice a month.

In addition to protecting public health, the program provides a long-term source of data to study water quality trends in North Carolina’s sounds. Many of these sites have been regularly monitored since 1997.

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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
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30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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SAFETY/ATLANTIC OCEAN-GEORGIA-FLORIDA/HAZ OPS/CCGD7 BNM 0010-24

1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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SAFETY/ATLANTIC OCEAN-GEORGIA-FLORIDA/HAZ OPS/CCGD7 BNM 0010-24

1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
CANCEL AT//040459Z MAR 24//

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SAFETY/ATLANTIC OCEAN-GEORGIA-FLORIDA/HAZ OPS/CCGD7 BNM 0010-24

1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
CANCEL AT//040459Z MAR 24//

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