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High levels of E. coli force three Falls Lake beaches to close

Posted June 18

— Wake County environmental officials said Wednesday that they have closed three recreational swimming areas at Falls Lake after routine tests found high levels of E.coli in the water.

The affected areas are Sandling Beach, Beaverdam Beach and Holly Point Beach. The lake is not closed to fishing or boating activities outside of the designated swimming areas.

“We want to ensure people don’t come in contact with high levels of bacteria that could result in illness,” said Kathryn Hobby, a registered environmental health specialist with Wake County Environmental Services. “We will continue to collect water samples in order to reopen the beaches for swimming as soon as the bacteria levels within the EPA-established standards.”

Two consecutive acceptable samples, based on standards of the Environmental Protection Agency, are required to reopen the areas.

Acceptable levels of E. coli cannot exceed 235 colony forming units per 100 milliliters. The county’s test results found amounts ranging from 387.3 cfu to more than 2,419 cfu.

Health officials advise swimmers to always wash hands with soap and water, and thoroughly shower after swimming, tubing or skiing in area lakes.

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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 3:17 p.m.

    Nothing a few million dollar for solar mixers won't solve. McCory campaign donors better... View More

    — Posted by 42

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    Again, this has nothing to do with politics.

    IT'S THE HIGH HEAT (have you noticed the thermometer today?), heating up lake waters to levels where bacteria already there can bloom and flourish!!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 3:16 p.m.

    But what IS political is the right wing piling on of the EPA, to the point where they want it... View More

    — Posted by downeast2

    The EPA is a cancer on this Nation.
    The original intent and mission of it's founders has been... View More

    — Posted by Winchester-.308

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    Still, because of greedy uncaring corporations that think little of polluting anything,... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    You've mistaken the US with China and India apparently.
    Industry has been regulated to the point... View More

    — Posted by Winchester-.308

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    Were it true that US industry has been regulated to the point of extinction, we wouldn't still be hearing of corporations polluting here in the US because they wouldn't exist - AND WE STILL ARE.

    We cannot trust corporations to police themselves. We tried that and ended up with lakes and streams on fire, and with massive fish kills in areas on the Great Lakes.

    The EPA came about because, like I said, corporations cannot be trusted to police themselves.

    And how can you even say the EPA isn't needed with massive ash ponds and their spills in NC currently in the national news?

  • 42 Jun 18, 2:49 p.m.

    Nothing a few million dollar for solar mixers won't solve. McCory campaign donors better start submitting proposal now.

  • downeast2 Jun 18, 2:48 p.m.

    But what IS political is the right wing piling on of the EPA, to the point where they want it... View More

    — Posted by downeast2

    The EPA is a cancer on this Nation.
    The original intent and mission of it's founders has been... View More

    — Posted by Winchester-.308

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    Still, because of greedy uncaring corporations that think little of polluting anything,... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    You've mistaken the US with China and India apparently.
    Industry has been regulated to the point... View More

    — Posted by Winchester-.308

    Really?! So, the likes of Duke Energy and other corporations of their ilk are practically extinct?! Wow....I have to say though that I find that a plausible reason as to why Duke Energy isn't in a hurry to clean up their mess. I mean, why bother, they're going out of business anyway, right?
    And, if you want to compare the US to China and India, go to Beijing or Bangkok and let me know how that works out. But, remember to bring your face masks. Unbelievable!

  • LetsBeFair Jun 18, 2:35 p.m.

    darn, was headed there this weekend.

  • busyb97 Jun 18, 2:30 p.m.

    This has nothing to do with McCrory. He has only been in office a few years remember. We have these stories EVERY YEAR IN THE SUMMER! It's basic biology. The summer heat and the bacteria that love it! And it's not just PEOPLE and their pets contributing to the run off into the lakes. You've got squirrels, birds, deers, and every other living thing in the woods and environment. You can't regulate their poo.

    Just be glad they test for it regularly in the areas people swim.

  • Winchester-.308 Jun 18, 2:19 p.m.

    Nice to see people piling on McCrory as usual. The testing is done by Wake county, not the... View More

    — Posted by tbg0519

    But what IS political is the right wing piling on of the EPA, to the point where they want it... View More

    — Posted by downeast2

    The EPA is a cancer on this Nation.
    The original intent and mission of it's founders has been... View More

    — Posted by Winchester-.308

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    Still, because of greedy uncaring corporations that think little of polluting anything,... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    You've mistaken the US with China and India apparently.
    Industry has been regulated to the point of extinction. They are no more responsible for the contamination in our water and air than you and I are.
    Like I said, their (EPA's) initial purpose has been exploited and undermined.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 2:12 p.m.

    Geez, what do you expect when hundreds of thousands of people and just as many pets and... View More

    — Posted by Capt Mercury

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    Those people, pets and animals are there all the time which means if what you're saying was correct, bacteria at the lake would ALWAYS be at high levels, and they are NOT!!!

    As I've said here, now 3-4 times IT'S THE HEAT, heating up the lake's waters to a point where it becomes warm enough for bacteria already there to flourish and grow to dangerous levels.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 2:07 p.m.

    This amount of E.coli cannot be a result of dog poo or people going in the water. There has to... View More

    — Posted by wlbbjb

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    It's the high heat we're currently experiencing, providing warmer water for bacteria that's in the water anyway to flourish and bloom to larger, more dangerous, levels.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 2:05 p.m.

    Nice to see people piling on McCrory as usual. The testing is done by Wake county, not the... View More

    — Posted by tbg0519

    But what IS political is the right wing piling on of the EPA, to the point where they want it... View More

    — Posted by downeast2

    The EPA is a cancer on this Nation.
    The original intent and mission of it's founders has been... View More

    — Posted by Winchester-.308

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    Still, because of greedy uncaring corporations that think little of polluting anything, including the air and water their own children breathes and drinks, where would we be then without the EPA???
    Much Much Worse, I'm believing.

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