|Trippe Lake beach may reopen this week|
|Written by Dan Plutchak|
|Wednesday, 17 August 2011 07:49|
WHITEWATER — Whitewater officials are hopeful the Trippe Lake beach will reopen by the end of the week after it was closed last month due to increased levels of E. coli bacteria.
On Tuesday, Matt Amundson, parks and recreation director, said levels had been decreasing and was estimating Friday as the date the beach would be open. A notice will be posted on the city's website, www.whitewater-wi.gov when it does reopen.
The beach located on Trippe Lake's northwest side, was closed to swimmers July 20 when tests revealed E. coli exceeded the maximum allowable levels.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends advisories be posted when tests find 235 colony forming units per 100 milliliter sample. Closures are issued when levels are more than four times that.
Amundson said the beach has a history of closing because of high E. coli readings. Rain forecasts for the coming weekend give him hope the park will take a significant step toward reopening.
"What happens when you have real long hot spells is-because how shallow the water is-it just doesn't turn over," Amundson said. "Every body (of water) has levels of E. coli, and when the water is not moving and the geese are out there, (bacteria) just stays there longer."