ASHTABULA – Health officials on Wednesday lifted a bacterial contamination alert for one of the beaches in Ashtabula County, but issued a high bacteria alert for another popular beach.
The Ohio Department of Health reports that Walnut Beach on Lake Erie is no longer on the Ohio contamination advisory list, but Lake Shore Park is now on the advisory list.
During the swimming season, the ODH tests the water weekly, with the most recent tests being carried out on Tuesday, according to the ODH website.
E. coli can be caused by overflowing sewers, geese and gull droppings, and failing household septic systems. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps if digested.
Children, the elderly, and people with poor health or weakened immune systems are not recommended to swim.
Advisories are issued in Ohio when the levels of E. coli exceed 235 colonies per 100 milliliters of water, according to federal standards.
The ODH is issuing advisories, but officials say all beaches and parks are open for Labor Day weekend.
The water temperature in Lake Erie is 79 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Area residents can check bacteria alerts and warnings for all Ohio beaches on the Ohio Department of Health website: www.odh.ohio.gov/.