- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have issued a water quality advisory for Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Street.

Media outlets report that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued the advisory for Wednesday and Thursday, citing bacteria levels above the recreational water quality standard. Officials say the elevated bacteria levels are 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.

The 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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