You May Not Want To Swim In This New York Lake This Summer Due To A Dangerous Discovery
Lake George has been making headlines…but not in a good way.
The beloved New York lake was closed to the public for five days due to dangerous high levels of E. coli. The Department of Environmental Conservation closed the lake on June 23 in order to test for potential sources of the dangerous bacteria. Million Dollar Beach, the most popular swimming area on the lake, has just been reopened to the public following the testing.
So that’s good news, right? Well, maybe not. The officials were actually unable to determine the source of the E. coli. That’s right – they have no idea where the contamination is coming from.
After inspecting underground stormwater and sewer lines, workers did find a number of “outflows” that they were not previously aware of. Unexpected “outflows” from sewer lines to a lake? Doesn’t sound too appealing.
This isn’t the first time the beach has closed due to dangerous levels of bacteria. Swimming in Lake George was banned multiple times in 2016 after levels of E. coli tested at more than five times the acceptable limit.
In order to reassure the public, daily sampling is being conducted at Million Dollar Beach to ensure that bacteria levels stay within an acceptable range. The E. coli contamination seems to only have affected the Million Dollar Beach area. Swimming conditions elsewhere on the lake remain safe, although further testing is being conducted. Still, many visitors are wary of entering the water just days after the danger was detected.
Check out the video below from ABC News for more information: