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UPDATE: Water Quality Advisory Lifted for Bethany, Dewey

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This advisory was posted in Bethany and Dewey Beach (Source: WBOC) This advisory was posted in Bethany and Dewey Beach (Source: WBOC)

BETHANY BEACH, Del. - Just one day after Delaware officials issued a water quality advisory for Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Street, the advisory has been lifted, according to The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. 
    
DNREC issued the advisory for Wednesday and Thursday, citing bacteria levels above the recreational water quality standard. Officials said the elevated bacteria levels were likely due to increased rainfall. The state issues advisories when samples test positive for excess bacteria, but it doesn't close beaches or swimming areas.

Environmental scientist for DNREC, Michael Bott, said that the high levels were temporary, and not indicative of a long-term problem. 

"In Delaware, long-term averages for water quality are really good," he said. "When we do see these temporary increases, they normally are very short. Sometimes it can be as much as a seagull flying by. And we're just at the wrong time taking that sample. But the long-term average - Delaware has some of the best water quality in the nation." 

DNREC's advisory comes a week after high bacteria levels were detected in the ocean off Rehoboth Beach. A retest last week showed a significant drop in bacteria levels and the advisory there was lifted.

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