Chowan River Wild Life Ramp (N59A)

Managed by The Swim Guide

The Chowan River is a blackwater river flowing for 50 miles from Virginia to North Carolina into Albermarle Sound. Black water rivers are visually darker, stained by natural tannins and more acidic with much less minerals that white waters. In 1979, the Chowan River became the first basin in the state to be classified as "nutrient sensitive waters". This led to the recommended reductions in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that wastewater treatment systems discharged into the river and local farmers voluntarily took measures to reduce soil erosion and runoff pollution.

This area is used primarily for boating.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
31°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Chowan River Wild Life Ramp (N59A) is sampled bi-weekly from April 1st to October 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program's staff monitor over 200 locations in North Carolina. Monitoring locations are divided into three "tiers". The more popular a beach is, the more strict the water quality standard will be. This monitoring location is in the Tier 3 category. Tier 3 locations are used primarily for fishing and boating.

Visitors are unlikely to have full body contact unless there is a special event, such as a triathlon. Samples are collected bi-weekly from April - October and monthly from November - March.

Tier 3 locations will be listed as "Green" when there is less than 500 enterococci per 100mL of water in two consecutive single samples. When water quality results fail to meet this standard, Swim Guide will show these beaches as "Red". Weekly sampling continues until enterococci counts are below 500 / 100 ml of water.

Recreational fishing permits are required for people over the age of 16 in North Carolina.

Swim Guide checks water quality results daily April - October.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Chowan River Wild Life Ramp (N59A)

Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
31°C
Clear and sunny

The Chowan River is a blackwater river flowing for 50 miles from Virginia to North Carolina into Albermarle Sound. Black water rivers are visually darker, stained by natural tannins and more acidic with much less minerals that white waters. In 1979, the Chowan River became the first basin in the state to be classified as "nutrient sensitive waters". This led to the recommended reductions in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that wastewater treatment systems discharged into the river and local farmers voluntarily took measures to reduce soil erosion and runoff pollution.

This area is used primarily for boating.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Chowan River Wild Life Ramp (N59A) is sampled bi-weekly from April 1st to October 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program's staff monitor over 200 locations in North Carolina. Monitoring locations are divided into three "tiers". The more popular a beach is, the more strict the water quality standard will be. This monitoring location is in the Tier 3 category. Tier 3 locations are used primarily for fishing and boating.

Visitors are unlikely to have full body contact unless there is a special event, such as a triathlon. Samples are collected bi-weekly from April - October and monthly from November - March.

Tier 3 locations will be listed as "Green" when there is less than 500 enterococci per 100mL of water in two consecutive single samples. When water quality results fail to meet this standard, Swim Guide will show these beaches as "Red". Weekly sampling continues until enterococci counts are below 500 / 100 ml of water.

Recreational fishing permits are required for people over the age of 16 in North Carolina.

Swim Guide checks water quality results daily April - October.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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