27 Investigates conducting another test of Mill Creek Park lakes

WKBN took a new water sample for testing to compare results from last year to their conditions now

A fish kill at Mill Creek Park is under investigation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Lakes Newport and Glacier at Mill Creek Park are reopening to the public on Tuesday.

Fishing and boating will now be open to visitors, the park announced last week.

The two lakes have been closed since July 2015, when concerns about pollution from sewer runoff surfaced after massive fish kills in the area.

27 Investigates was the first to test the water quality of the lakes last year. On Monday, WKBN took a new water sample for testing to compare results from last year to their conditions now.

The Mahoning County District Board of Health tested the water all last summer, but that program came to an end in October, and there are no more official tests planned.

Ryan Tekac, director of the Environmental Health Division, said previous tests gave the Board of Health enough information about the water conditions.

“During that testing, what we found, or what the data showed us, is that 24 to 48 hours after it rained, the e. Coli would elevate within the lake,” he said.

The district also learned that cloudy days mean more bacteria in the lakes, because UV radiation from the sun helps slow bacteria growth.

Tekac said if you are going to go boating or fishing, to proceed with caution.

“Make sure you’re not putting your hands near your eyes or your mouth,” he said.

WKBN’s test results were dropped off at the lab on Monday. A full report should be available later this week.

For more on this story, watch First News This Morning on Tuesday, in which we’ll be live at Mill Creek Park.

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