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E. Coli Levels High In Wilson's Creek Swimming Spot

A popular swimming spot on Wils's Creek showed E. coli bacteria levels twice as high as the Environmental Protection Agency says are safe.

That spot is near the intersection of Farm Roads 123 and 146, near the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park.  The sample was taken July 1.

According to the weekly water quality test performed by the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, the spot had 488 colony forming units, or CFUs, per 100 milliliters of water.

The EPA says water samples should not have an E. coli count that exceeds about half that--235 CFUs.

A spike in E. coli can be caused by several factors, including heavy rains that lead to runoff from farms.