GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — It’s that time of the year where riverkeepers expect to hear calls about toxic algae. Even with that expectation, officials say toxic algae blooms aren’t normal, and they’re a sign of these waters being in distress.
Riverkeepers say blooms are caused by a variety of factors, like sanitary sewer overflows and stormwater runoff. They say a major factor in North Carolina is runoff from industrial animal agricultural operations. Experts warn to keep an eye for these blooms and to keep you and any of your pets away from these waters.
Jill Howell works for Sound Rivers and keeps track of the Tar, Pamlico and Neuse river regions. She’s concerned about how humans have impacted the area.
Last October, there were active fish kills on the Pamlico River and the Neuse River that lasted for a month, which is really way too long and highlighting how intense this problem is.Jill Howell, Sound Rivers
For information on Sound Rivers “Splash For Trash” cleanup click here
You can also learn more about water quality and if they’re safe for recreational activities with Sound Rivers weekly swim guide.
Here are the current conditions for the week of July 23rd:
Smithfield Town Commons failed its Swim Guide test this week. Take precautions if recreating at this site. All other sites were good to go!
Of the samples taken on the Lower Neuse this week, three failed: Midyette Street, Pierce Creek and Rice Creek, all in Oriental.
The Tar-Pamlico came back clear AGAIN this week, a sign it’s time to get out on the water this weekend!
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