STARBUCK, WA - The Walla Walla Corps of Engineers will take more water samples near Palouse Falls on Monday to check for levels of E. coli.
Routine testing at the Lyons Ferry swim beach found higher than normal levels of E. coli bacteria last week.
Engineers closed the beach area, but boating and fishing are still allowed nearby.
Engineers say until the E. coli levels are considered safe for humans again, the swim areas at the beach will stay closed.
Routine testing at the Lyons Ferry swim beach show higher than normal levels of E. coli bacteria. Engineers with the Walla Walla Corps. of Engineers have closed the beach area.
More water samples will be taken Monday to test for fecal coliforms that pose a potential hazard to human health. The beach and swimming area will remain closed until tests show E. coli levels that are safe. Boating and fishing is still permitted in nearby areas.
"The Corps routinely samples water at designated swim beaches," said Darren Opp, assistant natural resources manager at the Corps' office in Clarkston, Wash. "This E. coli contamination likely developed because of waterfowl feces, combined with high seasonal temperatures and the lack of strong flowing water through the swimming area. We'll reopen the swim beach when testing tells us it's safe for people."
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:32:13 GMT
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