Bacterial Contamination Advisory Issued for Lake Shore Park | Local News

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TOWNSHIP OF ASHTABULA — State health officials issued a bacterial contamination alert Thursday for beachgoers at Lake Shore Park.

During swimming season, the Ohio Department of Health tests the water weekly, with the most recent tests being conducted on Thursday, according to the ODH website.

Lake Shore Park is the only public beach in Ashtabula County under notice since Thursday.

Fourteen Ohio beaches were under notice Thursday, including Edgewood State Park in Cuyahoga County, according to the ODH.

E. coli can be caused by sewage overflows, goose and gull droppings, and failing household septic systems. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps, if digested.

Children, the elderly and people in poor health or with weakened immune systems are not recommended to swim.

Advisories are issued in Ohio when levels of E. coli exceed 235 colonies per 100 milliliters of water, according to federal standards.

The ODH issues advisories, but officials say all beaches and parks are open.

Lake Erie’s water temperature is 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The hottest water temperature is in August with an average of around 75 degrees. The coldest month is February with an average water temperature of 32 degrees.

Area residents can check bacteria alerts and warnings for all Ohio beaches on the Ohio Department of Health website: www.odh.ohio.gov/.

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