Swimming advisory lifted for Levisa Fork above Fishtrap Lake

E. coli levels now below water quality standards for swimming, other contact

Frankfort, Ky. (June 26, 2015) – The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have lifted the swimming advisory issued for the Levisa Fork in Pike County.

The advisory was issued June 12, and covered Levisa Fork from the Virginia state line (river mile 126.4) to river mile 114.8 (the headwaters of Fishtrap Lake) Continue reading “Swimming advisory lifted for Levisa Fork above Fishtrap Lake”

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Swimming advisory issued for Levisa Fork above Fishtrap Lake

Recent tests show E coli numbers exceed water quality standards

Frankfort, Ky. (June 12, 2015) – The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have issued a swimming advisory for the Levisa Fork of Fishtrap Lake in Pike County, from the Virginia state line (river mile 126.4) to river mile 114.8 (the headwaters of Fishtrap Lake) as a result of high E. coli levels Continue reading “Swimming advisory issued for Levisa Fork above Fishtrap Lake”

State Agencies Continue Swimming Advisories for Kentucky Lakes and Streams

E.coli threat creates potential for illnesses

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Department for  Public Health today announced  that swimming advisories, in place because of high levels of E. coli bacteria, will remain in effect until further notice.

People should avoid recreational contact with waters in the areas specified because of the bacteria which occur in human and animal waste and indicate the presence of untreated or inadequately treated sewage. The bacteria create a potential for diarrheal illnesses and other infectious diseases. The swimming advisories will remain in effect for the following areas: Continue reading “State Agencies Continue Swimming Advisories for Kentucky Lakes and Streams”

Safe Recreational Water Use Encouraged as Heat Continues

Swim advisories reissued for some Kentucky waterways

State water quality and public health officials are urging swimmers to continue to use healthy swimming behaviors that will help prevent waterborne illness.

“This information is provided to our citizens to help them make the best public health decisions about how and where they swim,” said Clark Dorman, manager of the Water Quality Branch in the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW). DOW works with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPG) to issue Kentucky’s swimming advisories.

Kathy Fowler, acting director of DPH’s Division of Public Health Protection and Safety, said safe swimming habits also are needed in public pools. Continue reading “Safe Recreational Water Use Encouraged as Heat Continues”