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South Carolina DHEC Beach Monitoring Program

Sponsoring Organization:  South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Description:  SC DHEC routinely collects water samples at over 100 locations on South Carolina's beaches. If high numbers of bacteria are found, an advisory is issued for that portion of the beach. An advisory means that DHEC advises you to NOT swim in certain areas. This is especially true for young children and those with compromised immune systems. Advisories do not mean that the beach is closed. Wading, fishing, and shell collecting do not pose a risk. Advisories may be issued due to high bacteria counts or rainfall. Advisories are lifted when sample results fall below the limit of 104/100mL. Check the local newspaper and television news stations. Look for advisory signs when you go to the beach.

Program Contact:  Shannon Berry

Program Contact Email:  berrysk@dhec.sc.gov

Data Access Web URL:  http://www.scdhec.net/environment/water/docs/ow_monit.pdf

Sampling Design:  SC DHEC staff collect ocean water samples at 128 stations along our Atlantic coast from May 15 to October 15th. This site ( url below) will show you the results of the lab analysis. The City of Myrtle Beach also samples the stations on their beaches separately and sends those results to DHEC.

Data Collection Area Description:  List http://www.scdhec.net/environment/water/docs/ow_monit.pdf

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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