Contaminated lakes thwart weekend plans for Mill Creek park-goers

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Weekend plans around Mill Creek Park are on hold, at least for now, for those wanting to use the park’s lakes.

Lake Newport, Lake Cohasset and Lake Glacier were closed Friday because of high levels of E.coli in the water.

Fishing, kayaking and any other water activities planned for Mill Creek park this weekend had to be canceled.

“To me it is sad. I know I come here every day and I see life here,” said Donald Honimar-Chordas, resident. “I don’t see anything today.”

Honimar-Chordus comes to the lake to take pictures of the wildlife. He said now there are parts that are an eyesore.

“Hopefully, the cleanup will be quick and we will be able to use the park to kayak,” Honimar-Chordus said.

Mill Creek Park officials are working with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Natural Resources and the Youngstown Board of Health to decide when another test will be conducted.

“Access to the lake will be prohibited until the water comes back at an acceptable level that is safe for public access. We are not going to put any type of time frame on that,” said Aaron Young, executive director of Mill Creek MetroParks.

Honimar-Chordus said he hopes people will take this opportunity to become of aware of environmental issues.

“I hope people still support the park and will actually have an eye-opening and take a greater environmental stand in knowing what they are putting into the water and littering and things like that,” Honimar-Chordus said.

Young said he too hopes residents will take notice of what is happening with the city’s sewage system.

“I think the real question here is how long are the people of the Mahoning Valley going to accept sanitary sewage being dumped into the very entity they are paying to protect,” Young said.

All the dead fish have been removed from the lakes.

The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners meets Monday, July 13.

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