Horry County recently contracted Coastal Carolina University's Environmental Quality Laboratory to test for fecal bacteria in the Waccamaw River because of recent stormwater runoff and flooding.
According to a news release from Horry County, the samples tested showed no increase health risk related to human contact with flood waters in the Waccamaw River in Horry County.
The samples were taken on July 15 at Reaves Ferry Landing, Conway Marina, and two locations along Lee's Landing Circle. All sample results tested below the state water quality standards for both fecal coliform and E. coli bacteria.
The county is urging residents and visitors to exercise caution around flood waters as dangerous conditions may exist due to strong currents, floating or submerged debris or objects, and the possibility of isolated pollution incidents.
The Environmental Quality Laboratory (EQL) at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) is a non-profit facility emphasizing education, student training, research, and community service. The EQL functions administratively within the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (B&C CMWS) of CCU and reports to the office of the Director of B&C CMWS. The B&C CMWS serves to facilitate applied and basic research of marine and wetland systems in northeastern South Carolina.