The Lawrence County Health Department has received a sub-grant through the Environmental Resources Coalition for the Springfield-Branson Onsite Wastewater Project.
To fulfill the requirements within the sub-grant, the Lawrence County Health Department is monitoring several locations of Spring River and creeks and tributaries that run into Spring River within the county. Results indicate some areas have higher E. coli counts than the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended limits.
Sources of water contamination are difficult to track to the point of source.
The health department recommends no swimming in stream areas that exceed the EPA's recommended guidelines of 235 E. coli per 100 milliliters of fresh water for full body contact.
Samples listed below were taken on July 2.
* Spring River at Youngberg Park in Verona, 209.8.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2210 north of Verona, 38.8.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2193 north of Verona, 272.3.
* Spring River at Verona Beach, 148.3.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2175 north of Verona, 141.4.
* Honey Creek at Farm Roads 1137 and 1135 south of Mt. Vernon, 13.7.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2137 at Hoberg, 152.9.
* Spring River west of Mt. Vernon, 298.7.
* Big Spring at Baptist Hill Church Camp, 50.2.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2110 west of Baptist Hill, 120.1.
* Spring River at Farm Road 1082 near Talbot, 95.9.
* Spring River at Highway 97 bridge, 57.1.
* Marti/Dry Hollow, Farm Road 2100 north of Stotts City, 155.3.
* Spring River at Highway U, LaRussell Access in Jasper County, 60.5.