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Brandy Creek Beach Swim Advisory Lifted at Whiskeytown Lake

Park officials believe Canada Geese may be the most likely culprit for high levels of E. Coli found in the water.

Posted: May 30, 2018 1:04 AM
Updated: Jun 1, 2018 12:43 PM

UPDATE: 6/1/2018 12:41 p.m.

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE, Calif.—Brandy Creek Beach swim advisory lifted at Whiskeytown Lake.

Lab results from water sampling at Whiskeytown Lake Brandy Creek Beach have concluded the water quality is safe for recreational users.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area staff will continue to monitor water quality on all its swim beaches throughout the summer season.

UPDATE 5/30/2018 3:23 p.m.

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE, Calif.—Park Rangers say the elevated levels may be the result of having more people at the beach over the holiday weekend.

The park staff is continuing to test the area to make sure it is safe for the public.

Jennifer Gibson Chief of Resources Management said, “So that means that we have to do additional sampling. So that's what we've been doing the past couple of days sampling intensely at Brandy Creek Beach to make sure that before we open it, remove the advisory that there aren't any problems. So that's what we're doing right now.”

Gibson wants to remind the public that the beach is not closed and the advisory only applies to Bandy Creek.

All other areas of the lake are safe to swim in.

She also reminds visitors to refrain from feeding the wildlife.

Do not leave food unattended and pick up after picnicking.

-- Park officials with Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are releasing a precautionary public advisory that high levels of E. Coli were found during testing at Brandy Creek Beach.

They say there have been no reports of illnesses, but the elevated levels pose an increased risk to recreational users of this specific beach.

Right now park officials say they are collecting more information to determine the level of risk to people at Brandy Creek Beach.

At this time they adivise people steer clear of the area, and swim in other areas of the lake.

E. coli is an indicator bacteria used to identify fecal pollution from human, pet, or wildlife waste.

Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but elevated levels indicate that pathogens could be present and sicken swimmers and other users of this area.

Park officials say you can help keep the beaches clean by not feeding the wildlife.

They say the Canada geese population has been living off of lawns and food from vistors.

They say a single goose can defecate every 20 minutes, and approximately one to three times a day. Park officials say these geese are the most likely culprit of the park's water quality issues at the swim beaches.

Feeding the wildlife at Whiskeytown isn't just a risk to human and wildlife safety, it's also not healthy for the geese. And, it's also punishable by a $250 fine.

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