Swimming area at Recreation Park shut down due to E. Coli
By Rob Peck
On Friday, August 12, Clay County staff became aware of a Facebook post by MountainTrue West with regards to the swim area of the Clay County Recreation Park on Lake Chatuge. The post noted E. Coli bacteria results above the EPA recommended guidelines for swimming.
Clay County was unaware of their sampling and or results until reading them online. Their sampling criteria, specific location of the collection and procedures are unknown to the County staff.
That said, out of an abundance of caution, staff posted no swimming signs at the beach this evening. This will be until further notice or at such time results can be validated, or additional tests show results within acceptable limits. The Clay County Health Department will conduct the additional testing. To date we are unaware of any illness resulting from E. Coli at the Clay County Recreation Park swim area. The beach itself remains open for recreational use.
Thank you for your understanding.