The Chatham County Health Department has issued a beach advisory for Skidaway Narrows County Park Beach (a.k.a. Butterbean Beach) in Chatham County.
The advisory was issued to alert the public to a possible risk of illness associated with water contact in the area.
This does not mean that the beach is closed, but that it may be unsafe to go in the water.
The advisory does not currently impact any other beaches.
Water samples from the area are being tested for enterococcus bacteria, which is found in humans and other warm-blooded animals, and can come from 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 (EPA) recommended standards.
The Chatham County Health Department recommends you do not swim or wade in the water in the area under advisory. Fish and other seafood caught from this area should be thoroughly washed with fresh water and thoroughly cooked before eating as should fish or seafood caught from any waters.
The area will be retested and the advisory will be lifted when bacteria levels meet EPA standards.
For more information about beach water testing, click here.