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Safe to go back in the water: DEQ lifts E. coli warning for Sandy Point

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has lifted its E. coli contamination warning for Sandy Point Beach recreation area at Lucky Peak, saying bacteria levels have dropped and it's now safe to go in the water. The no-swimming warning has been in place since July 8. DEQ said in an announcement, “Sampling now shows that E. coli is no longer a threat to public health. Routine monitoring will continue and, if E. coli levels increase above standards, the public will be informed.”

E. coli found at Sandy Point, no swimming or wading

An unpleasant announcement on this sunny Friday from the Idaho DEQ: High levels of E. coli bacteria have been identified at Sandy Point Beach below Lucky Peak Dam, a popular swimming area and park. Warning signs have been posted; there's no swimming or wading until the dangerous bacteria levels abate. You can read the DEQ's announcement here; it recommends Barclay Bay Beach or Robie Creek Beach on Lucky Peak Reservoir as alternate locations, but Barclay Bay is closed tomorrow morning, from 6 a.m. to noon, for the swimming portion of the Spudman triathlon.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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