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Swimming prohibited in some Jackson County lakes due to E. coli risk

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 20:12:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Days before the Labor Day weekend begins, a no swim warning has been issued for some Jackson County lakes due to an E. coli risk.

Longview Lake, Blue Springs Lake and Prairie Lee Lake were put under observation this week. Swimming and full body contact is prohibited at those lakes, according to the county.

Recent tests on Tuesday and Wednesday showed higher levels of bacteria, which prompted the warning for those lakes.

The Parks and Recreation Department said it expects to get testing samples back on Friday. The county will then decide whether the warning can be lifted for the holiday weekend.

Boating and fishing is still OK at the lakes.

Based on test results, Lake Jacomo is open for swimming.

Belinda Bass, supervisor of natural resources for Parks and Recreation, said recent heavy rains caused the risk.

The department does weekly sample testing in each of its lakes from May through Sept. 30.