Swim beaches closed due to high E.coli levels

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In Howard and Sevier Counties, two local beaches are closed due to high levels of E.coli in the water.

The two swimming beaches on Dierks Lake and Gilliam Lake are temporarily closed because of a high amount of E.coli in the water.”The Arkansas Department of Health did some sampling and our samples came back with high bacteria levels, so the Arkansas Department of  Health requested that we close our swim beach,”said Steve Spicer, Corps of Engineers.

Spicer says goose droppings are causing the spike in E.coli levels.“During this time of year when the weather warms up the geese migrate to our swim beaches and they’ll hover around the swim beaches and usually have their droppings there,” said Spicer.

If you spend some time at the lake officials ask that you do not feed the geese.”People are feeding them and the end result is a lot of goose dropping in and around the swim beaches”

Officials recently re-sampled the water and sent it off the the Arkansas Department of Health for testing.“We’re just waiting for the samples to come back and hopefully they’ll be safe and we can reopen the swim beaches before Memorial Day weekend.”

Spicer says when the beaches re-open it will be posted to their website. The link is below.

http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1523524/corps-closes-swim-beach-on-dierks-gilliam-lakes-until-further-notice/

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