Health department mapping rain impact on Mill Creek water tests

Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s now been two months since officials closed the waterways of Mill Creek Park because of high levels of E. coli and still no one is allowed on the water.

Health officials stepped up their monitoring efforts, and the Mahoning County Board of Health is implementing a new testing procedure.

Testing is being done following rainfall. The goal is to collect data to map a trend within the watershed.

The testing is being done in additions to the weekly tests that started over the summer. Experts want to make sure they have a clear picture of the effect heavy rains have on the waters of Mill Creek Park.

“Anytime that it rains, you are dealing with a dynamic watershed. You are going to get flushing of your streams and your creeks. E. coli levels will elevate in those area,” said.

The water situation at Mill Creek has been getting a lot of attention from the public, and another meeting is planned for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Boardman Administration Building.

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