Bacteria Levels Decrease in Missouri Lakes and Coves
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the bacteria levels at Missouri state park beaches are significantly lower this week. Samplings from 12 upper Lake of the Ozarks coves also showed no E. coli levels above the federal standard for public swimming.
The Grand Glaize Beach, also known as Public Beach #2, at Lake of the Ozarks State Park remains closed. Public Beach #1 in Kaiser is open. All other facilities at Lake of the Ozarks State Park are also open to visitors.
Officials said the water at the state park is sampled weekly to check for bacteria. They said Public Beach #2 remains closed because the average of these samples from previous weeks is still higher than the department's standard for state park beaches.
The department is sampling the 12 coves in the upper Lake of the Ozarks as part of a five-year program to assist in future studies of the lake's health. Officials said they will test the coves monthly through October.
Go to www.mostateparks.com to check the status of the beaches at the state parks.