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High water provides surprising bacteria level count

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – La Crosse County tests bacteria levels at beaches within the county, which indicates water pollution from animal and human waste.

La Crosse County Environmental Health & Department Manager Jim Steinhoff said typically with heavy rain, there is more bacteria. Steinhoff said because of flooding, the count has stayed lower than usual.

“For some reason, I think the volume of water that we're seeing is diluting out those pollutants, so the counts are still remaining good,” Steinhoff said.

The rate of colony forming units, or C.F.U.'s, tend to raise with more residue from heavy rain. Even with the surprisingly low counts, some residents are concerned with rising water levels increasing bacteria while generating a stronger current.

“I don't want anybody getting sick from being in it, and that's usually what happens when you get bacteria in your system like that,” La Crescent resident Kathy Ramsey said.

Steinhoff said for those who are concerned about C.F.U levels and would like more information regarding bacteria at their favorite beaches in La Crosse County, residents can find those counts at http://www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/health/, click on the “Going for a swim? Here are the latest Beach Counts” link in the Featured Topics section on the bottom of the page.


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