Tybee Island and St. Simons Island Beach Water Advisory


Chatham and Glynn County Health Services have issued beach water advisories for the following beaches:

Tybee Island:

  • Strand Beach at Pier – 11th Street to 18th Street
  • South Beach to Chatham Street – 18th Street to Inlet Ave.

Saint-Simons Island:

  • North Beach in Goulds Inlet – Fifteenth to tenth streets.
  • East Beach Old Coast Guard Station – Tenth St. to Driftwood Dr.
  • Fifth Street Crossover Beach – from Cedar Street to Ninth St.

The Department of Natural Resources – Coastal Resources Division tests water samples on Georgia beaches throughout the year. The test looks for enterococci (pronounce: en ter o coc cus), which are found in humans and some wildlife.

When a beach is subject to an advisory, it means that the level of bacteria in the water is above the standards recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Periodic advisories are not unusual, and sources of the bacteria could include animal waste, stormwater runoff, or recreational boating waste.

The warning does NOT mean the beach is closed. Beach water advisories alert the public to a possible risk of disease associated with contact with water in advisory areas. The Department of Health recommends that you do not swim or wade in water in areas under notice. Fish and other seafood caught in these areas should be washed thoroughly in fresh water and thoroughly cooked before consumption, as should fish or seafood caught in all waters.

Areas will be tested again this week and advisories will be lifted when bacteria levels meet EPA recommended standards. For more information, visit our beach water analysis page.


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