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Who monitors New Hanover County watersheds for E. coli bacteria?

Jason Gonzales

New Hanover County contracts Coastal Planning & Engineering to monitor water in the unincorporated county and the University of North Carolina Wilmington monitors water within the city of Wilmington.

According to Shawn Ralston, long-range planning manager for the county, both entities check for certain types of bacteria that is evident in warm-blooded animals, but E. coli is not something that is tested. She said the reason for that is that E. coli is not typically found in water.

The program to test water and watershed runoff has been in place in the county since the mid- to late ’90s, she said.

Since that time, she said, the city and county have seen that each creek in the area has different issues as far as bacteria blooms that are harmful to human populations.

The city has a website where residents can see the latest updates of water quality. Residents can subscribe to the website to receive notifications when information on the site is updated.

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4 Responses to “ Who monitors New Hanover County watersheds for E. coli bacteria?”

  1. On December 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm Billy wrote:

    Its actually “Coastal Planning & Engineering” not “crystal.” Furthermore, the state monitors local water quality regularly through the department of environmental health, and shellfish sanitation and recreational water quailty.

  2. On December 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    Thanks for the correction.

  3. On December 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm Jason wrote:

    And thank you for bringing that to my attention! I will have more on what the state does tomorrow.

  4. On December 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm Jason wrote:

    To find the water reports from the city, visit http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/stormwater. The information will be under publications and reports. And the city monitors the creek water. Still checking in with the state.

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