The Lawrence County Health Department has been monitoring several streams within the county due to high E. Coli.
According to health department officials, some of the streams indicate a higher E. Coli count than recommended limits by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). E. Coli is a fecal coliform bacteria that lives in all human and animal intestines.
At present there are no federal or state standards for E. Coli densities in recreational waters. The sources of water contamination are difficult to track to the point of the source.
|The EPA's proposed standards for bacteria densities should not exceed 235 E. Coli per 100 milliliters of fresh water for full body contact.||Therefore, the health department recommends patrons do not swim in stream areas that exceed EPA guidelines.|
The results of water samples (per 100 milliliters) taken on July 15 are as follows:
* William Creek at Mt. Vernon City Park with an E. Coli count of 1732.9
* Goose Creek at YMCA Camp Wakonda with an E. Coli count of 79.8
* Turnback Creek at Paris Spring Public Access with an E. Coli count of 115.3
* Truitt Creek at Highway 39 north of Mt. Vernon with an E. Coli count of 686.7
* Big Spring at Baptist Hill with an E. Coli count of 35
* Spring River at Iron Bridge with an E. Coli count of 118.8
* Clear Creek at Pierce City Park with an E. Coli count of 59.1
* Marionville Spring #1 at Marionville City Park with an E. Coli count of 178.5
* Marionville Spring #2 at Marionville City Park with an E. Coli count of 166.4
* Honey Creek at Farm Road 1135 southeast of Mt. Vernon with an E. Coli count of 111.8
For additional information, contact the Lawrence County Health Department at 417-466-2201.