The Lawrence County Health Department has received a sub-grant through the Environmental Resources Coalition for the Springfield-Branson Regional Onsite Wastewater Project.
To fulfill the requirements within the sub-grant, the Lawrence County Health Department is monitoring several locations of the Spring River and creeks and tributaries that run into Spring River within the county. Results indicate that some areas have higher e. coli counts than the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) recommended limits.
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. EPA's proposed standards for bacteria densities should not exceed 235 e. coli per 100 milliliters of fresh water for full body contact.
Sources of water contamination are difficult to track back to the point of source.
The Lawrence County Health Department recommends no swimming in stream areas that exceed EPA guidelines.
Samples were taken at the following locations on Oct. 8:
* Spring River at Youngberg Park in Verona, 35.9.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2210 north of Verona, 204.5.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2193 north of Verona, less than 2,419.6.
* Spring River at Verona Beach, 155.3
* Spring River at Farm Road 2175 north of Verona, 285.1.
* Honey Creek at Farm Roads 1137 and 1135 south of Mt. Vernon, 488.4.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2137 in Hoberg, 920.8.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2130 west of Mt. Vernon, 275.5.
* Big Spring at Baptist Hill church camp, 104.3.
* Spring River at Farm Road 2110 west of Baptist Hill, 49.6.
* Spring River at Farm Road 1082 near Talbot, 64.5.
* Spring River at Highway 97 bridge, 36.9.
* Marti/Dry Hollow, at Farm Road 2100 north of Stotts City, 4.1.
* Spring River at Highway U near LaRussell, 93.4.