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2 Jackson County lakes cleared for swimming; 1 still under warning

Posted at 10:23 AM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 13:04:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Jackson County lakes were cleared for swimming after the county identified an E. coli risk earlier this week, but one remains under a no-swim warning for the holiday weekend.

County officials said Friday that Longview and Prairie Lee lakes are now safe for swimming and full body contact during the Labor Day weekend.

However, a no-swim warning remains in effect for Blue Springs Lake. The warning will last at least until next week, when the county conducts more testing.

Blue Springs Beach will be closed for the weekend, according to the county.

Lake Jacomo was never under a warning and remains safe for swimming.

The warnings for the other three lakes were issued after tests on Tuesday and Wednesday showed higher levels of bacteria.

"We appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation as it is our utmost priority to keep our lakes, marinas and beaches safe for everyone to enjoy," Jackson County spokeswoman Marshanna Smith said on Friday.

The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department does weekly sample testing in each of its lakes from May through September.