Maximum E. coli levels found at Iowa beach

Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 4:58 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2022 at 5:32 PM CDT
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OKOBOJI, Iowa (KCRG) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the water concentration of E. coli at an Iowa beach maxed out its test kits.

The Spirit Lake beach, which is near the Iowa-Minnesota border registered more than 24,000 viable bacteria. This is 10 times what is considered unhealthy.

This rapid growth of bacteria could be due to Iowa’s heat waves this summer or rainfall washing animal waste into the water.

The water will be tested again on Wednesday.