Swimming advisories issued for multiple area beaches

Posted at 12:49 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 18:44:46-04

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Department of Health issued  swimming advisories for several beaches in Hampton Roads Wednesday.

The following beaches were reported to have water with bacteria that exceed safe state standards:

  • Cape Charles Beach in Northampton County (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED) 
  • Anderson Beach in Newport News
  • Hilton Beach in Newport News
  • King-Lincoln Beach in Newport News (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED)
  • Yorktown Beach in York County (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED)
  • Lesner Bridge East in Virginia Beach (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED)
  • Chick’s Beach in Virginia Beach (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED)
  • Gloucester Point Beach in Gloucester (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED)
  • Buckroe Beach in Hampton (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED)
  • Salt Pond Beach in Hampton (ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED)
  • the 5000 block of Ocean View Avenue to Mortons Road and Starfish to Rockbridge Road

Recreational waters are checked during the summer months for high levels of bacteria.

Indicator organisms like enterococci are monitored and when they are too high, a sign is posted at the beach.

Enterococci are a group of organisms used to determine the amount of fecal contamination of recreation water. They do not cause illness but research shows when enterococci are present, other disease-causing organisms may be as well.