Water quality tests through Smith Mountain Lake Association’s water quality monitoring program with Ferrum College on Aug. 6 showed high levels of E.coli bacteria at one lake location and moderate levels at two others, according to a news release by SMLA.
E.coli bacteria, exceeding Virginia Department of Health’s recommended maximum level for recreational water, were found at the end of Beckys Creek near Bayside Marina. The bacteria also were found at Fairway Bay south of channel marker R26 and at Pelican Point near channel marker B10. While those levels were below the VDH standard, they still warrant attention, the release said.
Because high E.coli results at both Fairway Bay and Pelican Point are unusual, SMLA is asking residents in these areas stay alert to possible causes and report anything that appears out of the ordinary by calling 719-0690.
Swimming is not recommended at this time in the area of the end of Beckys Creek near Bayside Marina or in the area of the end of the coves near Fairway Bay and Pelican Point. VDH advises not to swim around ducks or other water fowl or after a heavy rain. Swimmers also should avoid getting water in their mouths or noses and should not swim with open wounds or sores.