The Lawrence County Health Department is monitoring several streams within the county. Results indicate some areas have higher E. coli counts than EPA-recommended limits.
E. coli is a fecal coliform bacteria that lives in all human and animal intestines. At present, there is no federal or state standards for E. coli densities in recreational waters. EPA's proposed standards for bacteria densities should not exceed 235 E. coli per 100 milliliters of fresh water for full body contact.
The sources of water contamination are difficult to track to the point of source.
The health department recommends no swimming in stream areas that exceed EPA guidelines.
Samples taken at the locations listed showed the following counts on July 6.
* Williams Creek at Mt. Vernon City Park, 193.5.
* Goose Creek at YMCA Camp Wakonda, 41.4.
* Johnson Creek at Paris Spring Public Access, 37.9.
* Turnback Creek at Paris Spring Public Access, 224.7.
* Turnback Creek at three whistles on Farm Road 2025, 95.8.
* Stahl Creek at Farm Road 2082 west of Highway OO, 58.3.
* Truitt Creek at Highway 39 bridge, over 2,419.6.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2110 west of Baptist Hill, 88.6.
* Spring River at Iron Bridge on Farm Road 1040, 62.
* Center Creek on Farm Road 1010 south of the Sinclair Station, 290.9.
* Clear Creek at Pierce City's South Park, 22.1.
* Marionville Spring #1 near Marionville Park entrance, 185.
* Marionville Spring #2 at Marionville City Park between the two ball fields, 73.3.
* Marionville Spring #3 at Marionville City Park near the maroon playground equipment, 52.8.
* Honey Creek at Marionville City Park at Benton Street, 648.8.