E. Coli levels trending upward at Mill Creek Park’s Lake Newport bridge

Mill Creek Park

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Results from the fifth week of water testing at Mill Creek Park show high E. Coli levels at one of three locations tested at Lake Newport, according to the Mahoning County Board of Health.

All three samples taken at the walking bridge near Sheban Drive increased as compared to last week. At all three tests showed over 2,420 coliform units per 1,000 milliliters, which is quadruple the safe limit of bacteria for the lake. Last week, all three samples taken at the bridge were over the limit of 525 units/1000 mL, with the highest being around 1,050.

Cool temperatures and a little bit of rain may have played a role in the increased readings, according to a statement from Environmental Health Director Ryan Tekac. Testing will continue for seven more weeks.

However, the results at the Boathouse and Boat Launch have showed less pollution and were well under the limit of 525 both this week and last week.

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