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June 5 - Beach Advisories Issued for Tybee Island Pier and Center Terrace

Category: Local Govts & Politics

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 5, 2019 - The Chatham County Health Department has issued beach advisories for Tybee Strand Beach at the Pier, which stretches from 11th Street to 18th Street, and Tybee Middle Beach at Center Terrace, which stretches from Lovell St. to 11th Street, on Tybee Island.

These advisories are only for the areas specified above and do not impact any other beaches on the island. There is no way of knowing if going into water that is under advisory will result in illness; however, these beach water advisories are to alert the public of a possible risk of illness associated with water contact. An area under advisory does not mean the beach is closed.

Water samples are tested only for enterococcus bacteria which is found in warm blooded animals including humans but also birds, raccoons, deer, dolphins and other wildlife. It is difficult to determine exactly where the bacteria come from, but some sources could include animal waste, storm water runoff, or boating waste. When a beach is under advisory, it means that the level of bacteria found in the water is above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards.

The Chatham County Health Department recommends you do not swim or wade in the water in the areas under advisory. Fish and other seafood caught from these areas should be thoroughly washed with fresh water and thoroughly cooked before eating as should fish or seafood caught from any waters.

The areas will be re-tested, and the advisories will be lifted when tests show the bacteria levels meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards. For more information about beach water testing, go to www.gachd.org and click on the Environmental Health tab at the top of the page.

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