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Date: Aug. 30, 2007

Subject: Lodi Lake beach area closed for season

Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801; or Steve Dutra, interim parks and recreation director, (209) 333-6742.

High bacteria counts close Lodi Lake swimming for the season

LODI -- The highest levels of fecal bacteria counted at Lodi Lake this year are forcing parks officials, working jointly with county's health department, to immediately close the public swimming area at Lodi Lake for the season.

The swimming area at the lake was scheduled to end after the Labor Day weekend, but a combination of hot weather and low flows on the Mokelumne are likely reasons for the bacteria levels and the immediate closure.

Despite the swimming prohibition, the wading pool, lawn and beach areas will be open during the weekend for picnicking and recreation. Admission to the children's wading pool, which is self-contained and chlorinated, will be reduced to $1 for everyone 3 years and older.

Continued hot weather and the time needed to process water samples left little hope that the lake swimming area could open this weekend, Interim Parks and Recreation Director Steve Dutra said. An option for swimmers this weekend is the city pool at Blakely Park, 1050 S. Stockton St. Pool hours are noon to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is $1 for people 3 and older.

Levels of coliform and fecal bacteria spiked upward in Lodi Lake water samples taken Monday, with lab results completed Wednesday. Dutra said he and the county health department were concerned by the high counts in Monday's sample: 900 fecal bacteria in a 100-milliliter sample, or more than twice the single-count limit of 400.

Click here for an Excel file of 2007 lake test results.


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