The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued two recreational water advisories in Dewey Beach.

Dewey Beach at both Dagsworthy and Swedes Streets fell under a swimming advisory, due to elevated bacteria levels, at 4 p.m. today, June 6. DNREC said that the bacteria is often a result of wildlife scat or domestic pet waste that washes into the water after heavy rain, or from shorebirds and marine mammals.

Both advisories are set to expire at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, June 7, at which point DNREC will retest and advise the public of water conditions.

For your health and safety, DNREC recommends swimming only at guarded beaches where water samples are collected. There is a permanent caution regarding swimming in the Inland Bays. The Inland Bays suffer from nutrient pollution, coming from failing septic systems, fertilizers and other sources. Water is slow to flush out of the Indian River Bay, Rehoboth Bay and Little Assawoman Bay, so pollutants linger.

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