Latest Beach Swimming Advisory Information

Chatham County, GA
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Beach Advisory Issued for Skidaway Narrows in Chatham County


The Chatham County Health Department has issued an advisory for Skidaway Narrows County Park Beach (aka, Butterbean Beach) in Chatham County. 
This advisory is only for the area(s) specified above and does not impact any other beaches. There is no way of knowing if going into water that is under advisory will result in illness; however, this beach water advisory is to alert the public of a possible risk of illness associated with water contact. An area under advisory does not mean the beach is closed.


Water samples are tested only for enterococcus  bacteria which is found in warm blooded animals including humans but also birds, raccoons, deer, dolphins and other wildlife. It is difficult to determine exactly where the bacteria come from but some sources could include animal waste, storm water runoff, or boating waste. When a beach is under advisory, it means that the level of bacteria found in the water is above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards.

The Chatham County Health Department recommends you do not swim or wade in the water in the area(s) under advisory. Fish and other seafood caught from this area should be thoroughly washed with fresh water and thoroughly cooked before eating as should fish or seafood caught from any waters.  

The area will be retested and the advisory will be lifted when tests show the bacteria levels meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards. For more information about beach water testing, go to www.gachd.org  and click on the Environmental Health tab at the top of the page.

NEWS RELEASE   May 15, 2018  

Contact: Sally Silbermann    912.644.5217 

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