TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – A water quality advisory for Tybee Strand Beach at the Pier has been lifted, the Chatham County Health Department reported Tuesday.
Prior to the holiday weekend on Thursday, the advisory was issued for the beach, which stretches from 11th Street to 18th Street, after routine water quality tests showed high levels of enterococci bacteria.
The bacteria, which increases the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers, is found in warm-blooded animals including humans, birds, raccoons, deer, dolphins and other wildlife. Sources could include animal waste, stormwater runoff or boating waste, according to the health department.
Subsequent water samples showed the bacteria levels have dropped below the Environmental
Protection Agency’s recommended limits, meaning the advisory could be lifted.
Although the beach was never closed during the advisory, beachgoers were urged not to swim or wade in the water.