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Beach at Smith Ridge temporarily closed because of E coli levels

Smith's Ridge Beach on Green River Lake is currently closed because of E Coli.

By Lori Brewster
Forwarded by Larry Smith, The Wave 92.7 and the Big Dawg 99.9 FM

Campbellsville, KY - The US Army Corps of Engineers at Green River Lake has temporarily closed the beach located at the Smith Ridge Recreation Area due to high levels of E. Coli bacteria.

The Corps of Engineers samples water from three of its beaches: Smith Ridge, Pikes Ridge, and Holmes Bend on a weekly basis. Smith Ridge beach is the only beach currently experiencing the E. Coli contamination. Holmes Bend and Pikes Ridge beaches had acceptable test results. The source of the E. Coli is unknown at this time but continuous monitoring of the beaches will take place. Once the levels of the bacteria drop to a safe level, the beach will reopen.

People who ingest E. Coli or related bacteria by swallowing water can experience stomach cramps and diarrhea. Some strains of the bacteria can cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Visitors are reminded to the take the following precautionary measures while enjoying the lake:
  • Avoid swallowing water while swimming.

  • Take a bath or shower with warm, soapy water after coming in contact with water in ponds, rivers and lakes, especially before preparing or consuming food.

  • Do not swim in areas closed due to unsafe conditions

This story was posted on 2015-06-23 15:21:54
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