TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Health Department has lifted the advisory for Tybee Strand Beach at the Pier, which stretches from 11th Street to 18th Street on Tybee Island.
The advisory was issued on October 1st after routine water quality tests showed a high level of enterococci bacteria which increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers.
The bacteria is found in warm-blooded animals including humans, birds, raccoons, deer, dolphins and other wildlife. Sources could include animal waste, storm water runoff or boating waste, according to the health department.
“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 health department stated.
New water samples showed the bacteria levels had dropped below Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limits. Therefore, the advisory has been lifted.
The same advisory was issued for this area on Sept. 17. It was lifted two days later.