High levels of fecal bacteria found in part of Neuse River, nonprofit says

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- With temperatures in the 90s, many Wake County residents are looking for ways to cool off and beat the heat.

The Neuse River off of Buffaloe Road is a great place to hop in a canoe and enjoy the water, but one nonprofit is warning people to think before they jump in.

Recent testing by Sound Rivers found high levels of fecal bacteria in that section of the river.

The group started the weekly tests this summer to monitor E. coli bacteria in freshwater and enterococci bacteria in salt water.

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The group tests six sites on Falls Lake and five on the Neuse River. Results are posted on it website every week; however, since the organization is a nonprofit, the findings can't be posted at the river's entrance.

The group said heavy rain can lead to those high bacteria levels because of storm water runoff, and warn people they shouldn't get in the water after a storm.

ABC11 is reaching out to county officials for a statement.

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