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Beach Water Quality Summary

Beach Water Quality Summary 2018—Beach water quality is highly correlated to river flow. During periods of high flow, turbidity increases, and with it come high levels of bacteria from runoff and from what may be stored in the silt deposits within the lake itself.

Testing for e-coli bacteria, an indicator bacteria for exposure to human or animal waste, was done weekly during the swimming season. Out of 16 tests, there were five episodes of high bacteria levels at Boulder Beach, four at Shady, and eight at Sunset. Tests showing 235 or more bacterial colonies per sample resulted in posting the beaches—“Swimming Not Recommended due to a test that resulted in high bacteria counts.” All but one high bacteria tests at each beach were attributed to turbid waters caused by rain.

Toxin levels never went above 1% of the danger level of 20 parts per billion (ppb.) Toxin tests were taken in the very worst “slimy/stinky/scum” conditions that could be found which should have the most toxins, if present.

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