Water In Moosehorn Still Showing Elevated Bacterial Levels

Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 5:55 am

Bacterial levels remain high in waterways near Sturgeon Lake, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is warning residents to be careful about coming into contact with that contaminated water.

The MPCA collected water samples Thursday from the river access on the Moosehorn River near Sturgeon Lake. These tests came two weeks after the initial flooding that devastated the area. The agency found elevated bacterial levels still exist.

The contamination happened when Moose Lake’s wastewater treatment system was damaged by flood waters, which caused the release of untreated wastewater. The wastewater contains E. coli and fecal bacteria that can affect human health and cause flu-like symptoms.

The agency recommends that residents stay out of the river and Moosehead Lake until bacterial levels recede to safe concentrations.

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